Angola: Education Ministry to Put End to Overcrowded Classrooms

Lubango — The Ministry of Education is reducing overcrowding of classrooms in the academic year that will kick off next week, through the distribution of some students in new classrooms and newly-built schools.

The intention is to put an end to overcrowded classrooms to improve the learning and teaching process, the secretary of State for Pre-School and General Education, Pacheco Francisco, has said.

The official, who was speaking at the closing ceremony of the 10th edition of the National School Games held in the southern Huila Province, admitted that the education sector faces problems in access to schools, in view of the high demand, which has caused the authorities to allow the existence of classrooms with 70 to 100 students.

More schools are expected to be built gradually to sort out the overcrowding problem so as to enable teachers to work with the recommended number of students, that is 35 in each classroom, for the desired results to be achieved, clarified the official.

"We have an excess of students in the classes in almost all the provinces of the country, as well as youngsters still studying under trees, on balconies and in inappropriate places, a situation that worries the Ministry", he said.

Pacheco Francisco also explained that the sector will focus on upgrading teachers to face the coming challenges, urging educational institutions to invest more in school games since professional teams can use this as an opportunity to identify talents during matches and strengthen their clubs.

Pacheco Francisco also called for school managers to give more opportunities to physical education teachers, with a view to developing the practice of school sports and the country's sportive sector in general.

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