5 February 2013

Angola: Investment in Training for Development Reaffirmed

Luanda — The Angolan Government Tuesday in Luanda reaffirmed its investment in the social sector in the 2012/2017 period, particularly in the training of personnel capable of supporting and continuing with the process of development underway in the country.

This was said by the Angolan vice president, Manuel Domingos Vicente, while addressing the ceremony of official opening of the 2013 academic year.

According to him, the Government investment is also focused on the creation of the bases in the general education system which will function as the pillar in the training of medium level and higher technicians.

Manuel Vicente stated that Angola currently show an economic growth that contrasts with the trend of the world economy which, he added, makes it indispensable to the training of personnel, with a view to a better distribution of the social wellbeing in Angola.

According to him, the number of classrooms in the non-university level has risen from 19,012 in the year 2002, to more than 40,000 in 2012, with the school population in the mentioned period growing from 2.5 million enrolled students to 7.3 million.

This, he added, shows the Government effort to take education to all villages of the country.

He added that with the rise in the number of schools and students, the number of teachers also rose to 208,461, against the 60,000 of 2002.

According to him, enrollment with teacher training schools has reached 102,000 in the year 2012, against 32,461 of 2002.

On the other hand, the vice president said that in the 2013 academic year , a focus will be put on the reinforcement of the patriotic education of the students, by transmitting to them a perfect knowledge of the history and the socio-political and cultural reality of the country, as stated by the head of State José Eduardo dos Santos.

He also stated that the 2013 academic year has been planned to the detail by the Ministry of Education and its partners, with a view to a better education from the quality and quantity point of view.

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