Ouattara to build 25,000 new schools, recruit 3,000 teachers
The Alassane Ouattara government in the Ivory Coast has laid out an ambitious plan to construct about 25,000 new schools and recruit some 3,000 teachers by 2015 in the war torn nation.
This is part of projects earmarked by the government to improve the country’s education system, which authorities say is a priority.
Ouattara came to power over one year ago, after the capture of former President Laurent Gbagbo, who had refused to step down after the Ivorian Independent Elections Commission declared his rival winner of the November 2010.
The UN said more than 3,000 people were killed, thousands of others wounded and hundreds of thousands were displaced or made refugees,
WADR’s Correspondent in Abidjan Suy Kahofi reports that one of the major problems hindering education in Ivory Coast, especially in the primary educational sector, is the lack of primary schools in rural areas.
While the Ivorian government is trying to solve this issue through the 2012/2015 national development project, the Education Ministry is equally mobilizing resources to tackle some other important issues.
Kandja Kamissoko Kamara, the country’s Ivory Coast education minister outlines some major problems Ivory Coast educational system has been going through.
“We have more than 4 million students in primary schools as well as in secondary schools, unfortunately for several years now; we have not been able to build new classrooms,” Kamara said.
The overcrowded classrooms and the small number of teachers constrain school authorities and their teaching staff to work double overtime and use one teacher in two classrooms in rural areas.
It is not helping the children’s education and most of the time it leads to poor education in the primary schools.
However, the Ivorian government has assured parents and teachers that everything is being done to make chances for the better in the education system, in order to ease the hardships on both teachers and parents.
The Ivorian Education Minister said 11 new high schools will also be built as part of the 2012/13 project.Tweet