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Madagascar: Hundreds of students absent for back to school in Tananarive fault for parents for failing to pay tuition fees




Madagascar: Hundreds of students absent for back to school in Tananarive fault for parents for failing to pay tuition fees
Malagasy students in primary school who resumed early in the week the path of classrooms were very likely to be absent in all public institutions in Tananarive.

For example, a primary school of the Malagasy capital which was to accommodate 1,300 children recorded only 780 students who responded to the call of the first day of school.

Empty tables and chairs also were the daily lot for Malagasy teachers in other schools in the four corners of the island.

This high rate of absenteeism has its origin by the inability of parents to carry out the payment of the annual fee for lessons under the aegis of the Fram association, with parents of students forced to pay 18,000 ariary (6 euros) at 23.000 ariary (7.67 euros) for support of the education of their children, as relates the newspaper L'Express of Madagascar.

As a reminder, since 2008, public expenditures for education experienced a decline of more than 176 billion ariary, a decrease by 15% student.

In order to curb this inexorable fall in public spending, the World Bank had recommended in mid-June the establishment of free basic costs of primary education for all school children.



Antso Rajaona


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