14 January 2013

Mozambique: Simango Opens School Year in Maputo

Maputo — The Mayor of Maputo, David Simango, on Monday urged parents and guardians to create a favourable environment at home in order to contribute to the academic success of their children.

Speaking at a ceremony in the municipal district of Katembe, to open the 2013 school year in the city, Simango warned that “in a family where violence is dominant, where there is no love, and where the state of health of children and their nutrition is ignored, then their education is under threat”.

“Without the collaboration of families, it is difficult for the education of the children to be successful”, he stressed,

Simango’s vision of a successful school was one where pupils, parents, teachers and school managers all have a say. It was important, he insisted, for parents and guardians to keep in regular contact with teachers.

Similar ceremonies are taking place throughout the country, prior to the start of classes on Tuesday. The main ceremony, addressed by Education Minister Augusto Jone, was held in the central province of Manica.

According to the spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, Eurico Banze, this year over six million pupils are enrolled in primary, secondary and technical education and in teacher training courses.

He told reporters that over 100,000 teachers will be teaching in more than 14,000 schools scattered across the country.

But many of those schools are built of flimsy materials, and during the rainy season find it difficult or impossible to hold classes, Thus in various schools on Monday heavy rains led to the cancellation of the school year opening ceremonies.

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