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Back to school, Dominican republic

Santo Domingo.- The new school year, which officially starts today, will be inaugurated by president Danilo Medina later this morning. 2014-2015 opens with many students in the state sector going to schools that have introduced the new extended school day, a measure the authorities say will abolish social exclusion.

At the same time, many parents feel the pressure of having to pay for costly schoolbooks and supplies.

The Ministry of Education and the Federation of Parents of Children in Public and Private Schools are calling on families and society as a whole to send pupils to school so as to ensure the success of the new school session.

According to the Minister of Education, Carlos Amarante Baret, 2,705,297 students have enrolled in school this year, and 1,997,218 are in the public sector. 664,382 students are in the private system and 63,697 are in the semi-official system.

These pupils will be attending 11,756 schools, of which 6,983 are public, 4,484 private and 289 are semi-official.

Of a target of 10,000 new classrooms, 6,207 will be in use in 422 new schools and 2,100 in 282 remodelled schools, at a cost of RD$600 million. The minister informed that they are ready to provide 1, 532,478 school snacks and that some 814,000 will be receiving lunch and a snack as of 25 August.

They will also be distributing close to six million books, at a cost of more than 1.284 billion pesos. The neediest students will also be receiving uniforms and backpacks.

Source: DT

Category: DR News |

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Last updated October 22, 2016 at 2:00 PM
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