Sierra Leone’s president, Julius Maada Bio, announced on Thursday that free primary and secondary education will be available from September 2018, as part of the promise made during his presidential campaign.
President Sierra Leone made the announcement on the occasion of the opening of the session of the 5 th parliament of two e Republic. He also presented his development program.
“I am pleased to officially announce that free education will be introduced in September 2018 for all primary and secondary schools to improve access to education,” said President Julius Bio.
He also announced the increase of credits for education. They will go from 11% to 20%. In addition, he also spoke of free university education for three children of each teacher with ten years of experience, an initiative to motivate teachers.
Earlier Tuesday, the free education program received a major boost from the World Bank, which announced initial funding of $ 10 million for a multi-donor trust fund. The European Union and the British government have all pledged to support it.
According to a 2015 Unesco report, half of the population, more than 15 years old, is illiterate in Sierra Leone
A former military head of state, President Bio came back to power last month after a heated election. He sparked a wide-ranging debate last month, just hours after his inauguration, when he announced that the country was bankrupt and appealed for international aid.
Sierra Leone’s economy has been in turmoil since the deadly Ebola epidemic, which coincided with a drop in international mineral prices.