5 million students back to school nationwide [Archives:2006/978/Local News]

August 4 2006

SANA'A, Sept. 2 ) Nearly 5 million boys and girls rushed back to their primary and high schools in all Yemeni governorates, as the new educational year began.

“The Ministry of Education has completed all the arrangements for the new school year and provided schools nationwide with books, teachers and labs to help make this year a success,” said Deputy Minister of Education, Dr. Abdulaziz Bin Habtour.

“We are to distribute more than 450 thousand benches and 450 labs during the year to meet the growing demand for education equipment throughout the country.”

The Deputy Minister has called on all students and teachers to return to their schools and commit themselves to regular attendance and hard work.

Bin Habtour reminded school principals in different governorates not to collect tuition fees from schoolboys and girls \ in the first three grades and schoolgirls enrolled in grades 1 – 6. The warning was made in response to a government decision for the year 2006 to exempt students enrolled in these grades from tuition fees to boost school numbers. They established the principle of equal opportunities to reduce the gap between boys and girls enrolment in education by 2015.