6 October 2017

Gambia: How Free Is Free Education?

The orphan came to the Foroyaa office with a widow to request for support for a child moving from grade four to grade five. The mother was asked to go to the school for a bill. She came back empty handed. When the headmaster was called, he said that apart from the 100 dalasi paid by Government, parents are to shoulder the cost of exercise books, uniform and the rest which adds up to almost 1000 dalasi. He said that he could not put that in writing since it is not expenditure coming directly to the school. The Government should investigate how many people are staying out of school because of the growing cost of educating children. The number of parents moving about for sponsorship for their children appears to be increasing and this is a cause for concern.


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