The Minister of Education and Human Development (MINEDH), Carmelita Namashulua, reiterated this Monday (12) that the Ponta do Ouro Community School only may be reopened after the required conditions are met. The education sector continues to require that the school owner has a license to continue operating in this field, but to do so, several renovations are necessary at that educational establishment. The position of the Minister of Education and Human Development was expressed this Monday, in her office, during the meeting with the members of the Board of the Graça Machel Community School, located in the town of Ponta do Ouro, in the district of Matutuine, in Maputo province. The meeting comes as part of a request made by that group, with the aim of presenting their concerns regarding the closure of the school and possible solutions to the problems found by the education sector inspection teams, as the students are currently studying in deplorable conditions. After the meeting that took place behind closed doors, “Carta” learned that the education sector maintains its decision, according to which the school owner must have a license to continue operating in this field, but for it to be passed, the infrastructure must first undergo several renovations. “The Minister of Education continues to demand that we improve the laboratory, the field, the library, among other aspects and this involves high costs. Another aspect pointed out by the minister, which also blocks authorization for the reopening of the school, is the fact that they have information about the closure has been shared with the media and on social media,” said a source who spoke on condition of anonymity. According to the school owner, Elias Sibia, at this moment, there are no conditions to equip the school, in compliance with the Minister’s guidelines. “Things are getting more and more difficult. Now I don’t have money, but I’m starting to think about using those facilities for other purposes. God knows how hard I tried […] Right now, the students who were at the Community School are being crowded in the classrooms of Ponta do Ouro Primary School. Before this meeting of the School Council with the Minister of Education, I was hoping to receive good news, but after the report I received, I no longer feel very well”, explained Sibia . It should be noted that the Graça Machel Community School was closed on January 24th, a few days before the opening of the 2024 academic year, allegedly due to lack of a permit, tuition fees, poor or almost no equipment in some areas, among others. aspects. (M.Afonso) Source: Carta de Moçambique

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