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Teachers, parents urged to assist gov’t effort to expand education

Monday, September 06, 2010

Jijjiga, Ethiopia (WIC) – The Somali State government has called on teachers and parents to take active part in the effort being made by the government to expand education and improve its quality in pastoralist areas.

Chairperson of the Somali People’s Democratic Party, Abdulfetah Shek Abdulahi, said teachers and parents need to do their part in the efforts underway to improve school enrollment and improve education quality.

Abdulfetah was speaking at the opening of the state second annual teachers’ conference in Jijjiga town yesterday.

He said education coverage has reached close to 64 per cent in the state now following the efforts made to expand education over the past years.

The government has been putting best efforts to further expand education as well as maintain its quality in pastoralist area with a view to expediting the move towards the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the education sector, he added.

Somali State Education Bureau Head, Abdurahman Shek Mohammed, on his part said that primary education coverage has increased, while school dropout declined in the state.

He attributed the success to the collaborated efforts of leaderships, parents and teachers.

He said school-feeding program would be launched in 200 schools next academic year so as to encourage girls’ school enrollment and reduce dropout.

Source: WIC


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