Education: students return to school on October 3

The reorganized school programs which are to come into force from this October 3 concern the levels of CP1 and CP2 for the primary cycle, the 6e and the 5e for college. For all these levels, the contents of mathematics, French, life and earth sciences have been reorganized. 4 programse et 3e will undergo changes from the next school year. « Educational materials will be made available to students free of charge, while teachers will have access to educational programs and teaching guides., announced the Minister of Preschool, Primary, Secondary Education and Literacy, Jean-Luc Mouthou. The training of public and private teachers, on the handling of the teaching tools of the reorganized programs, which had started on September 2 in all the departments of the country, will end in a few days.

There is no effective education system without effective teachers. It is with this in mind that before the start of the 24e session of the National Council for Preschool, Primary and Secondary Education was held in Brazzaville from September 15 to 17 on the theme “The profile of the teacher in the Congolese education system”. The concern, according to Minister Jean-Luc Mouthou, is to provide Congolese schools with quality teaching staff, capable of meeting the expectations of an increasingly competitive world. One of the recommendations of this session planned to gradually resolve the thorny problem of the employment of volunteer teachers by defining a plan for their integration into the Public Service. These volunteers, it should be remembered, teach in several schools in the hinterland and are paid by the parents of the students.

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Also, this new school year takes place at a time when the general assembly of education, training and research, launched on September 13, continues. The objective is to find innovative approaches to solving already known problems that undermine the Congolese education system. Among these are the quality of infrastructure, the number and quality of teachers, most of whom are volunteers without initial or continuing training; the primary education completion rate accompanied by high repetition and dropout rates; violence in the school environment… The conclusions of these states general will be available next December. It will not be a question of putting the Congolese school on trial but of providing solutions to its many problems.