Algeria records positive progress in key education indicators

ALGIERS – National Education Minister Abdelhakim Belabed said on Thursday that Algeria has recorded “positive progress” in key education indicators for the 2021-2022 school year.

Speaking by videoconference at the 12th Conference of Arab Ministers of Education organized by the Arab Organization for Education, Culture and Sciences (ALECSO), the Minister clarified that “Algeria is recording positive progress in key indicators on education, knowing that the number of students enrolled for the 3 cycles of education (primary, middle and secondary) amounts to nearly 11 million students supervised by some 850,000 supervisors between teaching and administrative staff spread over more than 28,000 educational establishments “.

The rate of students who joined the school this year is 98.86%. 97% are in the cycle of compulsory education (between 6 and 16 years), underlined the minister.

Referring to the strategy to fight COVID-19 in schools, Mr. Belabed recalled the adopted health protocol and the educational measures undertaken, such as the “remarkable” reduction in the number of students within the educational group, the system group teaching, distance learning, abolition of the end of primary cycle examination, postponement of the BEM and baccalaureate exams to September 2020 and the vaccination of civil servants in the sector.

The minister noted “the development of a multidimensional national plan on repeating and dropping out of school with technical support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Algeria”. It is also, continues the minister, “the care of children with specific needs”.

For remedial courses, the minister said that this type of education had “several forms in Algeria”, depending on the age category of the students.

It is about the “adapted teaching” targeting the pupils in the second year of primary school who suffer from a delay or learning difficulties but also the pedagogical treatment consisting of a battery of pedagogical measures developed by the teacher to remedy students’ academic difficulties “.

He also mentioned the remedial exams organized at the end of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th years of primary school and in the 1st and 2nd years of middle years for pupils who did not obtain an average of passage to a higher class but also for literacy and adult education, supported by the National Office for Literacy and Adult Education (ONAEA) in addition to distance training provided by the National Office for Distance Education and Training ( ONEFD).

Regarding the organization in Palestine of this session, the Minister recalled “Algeria’s unwavering support for the State of Palestine”, highlighting the position of the President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune who had asserted that the “Palestinian cause remains sacred”, being “a primordial and central issue”. He also said he was proud of the organization by Palestine of the meeting of Arab ministers of education by chairing this 12th session.

For his part, the Head of the Palestinian Government, Mohamed Shtayyeh, indicated in his opening speech that education in Palestine was above all a strategy to ensure existence and resistance in this land, adding that the child Palestinian needs Arab support. He called for the production of knowledge within the framework of common Arab action.