No exam centres in private schools in Cote d'Ivoire

Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian national education minister Amani Michel has decided that private schools that went on strike recently demanding that over 14 billion CFA francs European Union funds be allocated to them directly -- and not through the government -- will be barred from hosting school examinations.
The EU funds were meant to pay state debt owed to secular private schools, a reliable source said.
The minister condemned the attitude of the school's founders who closed their schools to protest the non-direct disbursement of the funds to them, saying the attitude was "a dangerous social phenomenon.
" "A group of individuals cannot be allowed to threaten the Ivorian school system," he said during a meeting with school managers.
As consequence, "all school final exams will take place in public schools.
No private school will host end of year exams," the minister said in retaliation of the boycott.
On their part, the private and denominational education unions in Cote d'Ivoire have urged their workers to "suspend their participation in all actions related to making final exams and end of the year activities.

23 may 2004 18:54:00

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