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Reforms in Primary Education in the DRC : Primary school goes from 6 to 8 years from the 2018-2019 school year

«The primary school now goes from 6 to 8 years throughout the Democratic Republic of Congo in the 2018-2019 school year».

This is the main information delivered to the website Actualité.cd last week by Gaston Musemena, Minister of Primary, Secondary and Professional Education. «It’s in the context of educational reform. We want to improve basic education. There will be no more 1st and 2nd secondary. We will now speak of 7th and 8th. It’s not that the name changes, there is also the hourly charge. All this will be formalized in a document that will be published «, said Minister Gaston Musemena to justify this decision that will come into force from the start of the next school year. According to the ministerial authority, according to the national curriculum, primary education aims to prepare the child for life, to give him a first level of general education, physical, civic, moral, intellectual and social. Its objective is basic instruction: to write, read, calculate, understand and express oneself in Congolese and French languages. «It also aims to inculcate in the child behaviors and attitudes that reflect a developed awakening of intellectual, moral, social and physical faculties. The quality of education, the insufficient of infrastructure, the low salary of the teacher and its attractiveness are all points that require reforms in the Congolese education system «, concluded the Congolese Minister.