The start of the new school year is given on Monday by the Minister of Primary, Secondary and Technical Education Tony Mwaba from the city of Mbuji-Mayi, in the province of Kasai Oriental. About 2 million new registrants are expected across the country, says the report from the latest Council of Ministers. This back-to-school period takes place in a very special context, marked by the economic crisis following the Covid-19 pandemic.
as reported from Kinshasa, Kamanda wa Kamanda Muzembe
The summer vacation lasted only a month. And now it’s time to go back to school. With the economic crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, preparations have not been easy for Jocelyne Poba, a mother of four children, three of whom go to school. “It was a bit difficult but we still bought some necessities. And for the down payment we gave half. “
Junior Ngoma is the father of a boy. There are questions about the free undergraduate education announced by the government. “It is not easy, we are in pain. We were told that education is free, but I can not see anything. I do not know.”
He preferred to remain anonymous. He is a doctor, his wife a bank employee. Their children are enrolled in a private establishment. It was not easy, said the doctor. “It is already the first part of the school fees (registration fees) that must be paid. We fought to honor it. It was done, but not for all children. ”
According to a government spokesman, President Tshisekedi instructed the Prime Minister to take the necessary steps to ensure that all school-age children have the same educational opportunities.