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Gabon: Back to School Will Be Gradual

Scheduled for September 18, the start of the school year in Gabon will ultimately take place in two phases. To ease the tensions of teachers who are already listing their string of demands, 1,000 budget positions have been made available.

Before her appointment as Minister of National Education of the transitional government, Camélia Ntoutoume Leclercq was received by the president of the transition. With Brigadier General Brice Clotaire Oligui Nguéma, she discussed various aspects relating to the smooth running of the start of the school year, previously announced for September 18. It was decided, during this meeting, that the start of the school year will take place rather gradually with, initially, the classes of the second cycle of secondary school on September 18 and, secondly, with those of the first cycle, primary and pre-primary on September 25.

If the date of the administrative start remains unchanged, in a press release on September 8, the Committee for the Transition and Restoration of Institutions (CTRI) announced free registration fees from the 2023 school year/ 2024 for students in public and religious establishments. An approach which could relieve parents of students enrolled in public high schools and colleges as their children’s education could be free this year. Likewise, it should alleviate those of students enrolled in religious establishments who will only have to pay their children’s school fees.

Reappointed Minister of National Education, Camélia Ntoutoume Leclercq should specify the terms of entry into force of this measure, announced at the same time as the sale of 1,000 budget positions for the benefit of Education teachers national previously in a pre-salary situation. A start of a solution for the National Convention of Unions in the Education Sector (Conasysed) which recently listed some teachers’ concerns before the resumption of classes.

Source : Gabon Review