Ver Angola


Country spent 16.3 billion kwanzas on primary school textbooks

The government has spent 16.3 billion kwanzas on the production in South Africa of 37.7 million primary school textbooks, which are already being distributed.


The information was transmitted this Tuesday by the Secretary of State for Pre-school Education, Pacheco Francisco, stating that 33 per cent of the material is already in the country, justifying the delay in production and distribution by "late availability of the funds".

"The financial provision was only in January and so the production happened and only in late January we began to receive the material," said this Tuesday in a press conference in Luanda.

According to the governor, all the production of the educational material to meet the needs of 6.8 million primary school students and others in special education, was made in South Africa and two logistics centres are set up in the country.

Luanda and Benguela are the two provinces where the logistical centres for the distribution of school material are operating, and, assured the Secretary of State, teams have been set up to oversee its arrival and distribution.

Classes for the 2020 school year in Angola began on 5 February and run until the first half of December.

Pacheco Francisco also reported that six of the country's 18 provinces, namely Bengo, Lunda Norte, Moxico, Cuando-Cubango, Kwanza Norte and Namibe, have not yet been included.

"But in the next few days they should already start receiving," he admitted, warning that the provinces already contemplated "should draw up distribution plans" and "not store the material.

Speaking at a press conference, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Education in Luanda, about the process of distribution of textbooks, the governor assured, on the other hand, that the remaining 67 percent of the material should arrive in the country early next March.

At least 2.5 million new students will attend the 2020 school year in Angola.

The country has more than 28 million inhabitants, thousands of children are still outside the education system and others are still studying in precarious conditions.

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