Being A Student In Chad: 2016 vs 2017 – What Has Changed?

In Chad, there are urgent calls for the education system to be reformed. With only 9% of students passing their examinations at high school, action is required. With such a low level of students passing examinations, there are little chances of many students progressing into higher education. There are many reasons attributed to these results; perhaps it is because only 2% of the national GDP is invested in education, or maybe there are more serious issues with the quality of educational provision.

These results instigated the creation of a forum which aimed to look at the education system in Chad. It was proposed that the President would double the budget assigned to teaching, allocating $600 million to improving education in the country.

That being said, there have been some critical improvements in the education system, with increased school enrolments, more building work to construct new schools and existing buildings have been repaired and maintained. Teaching resources have also been improved.

However, for some, these reforms don’t go far enough. In order to improve the higher education sector, there must first be an emphasis on improving education at primary and secondary level. Currently, schools remain vastly under-resourced. There are no classrooms and the teaching staff lack the skills required to deliver a quality education. The poor standard of education has resulted in overcrowding in rural schools, some of which have as many as 100, maybe 200 students in each class. Any teacher would struggle to teach in these conditions.

Lack of quality teaching is due to unskilled teachers. The chaotic education system is the perfect situation where abuse of power occurs. In an attempt to address the teaching issue, the President has called for the government to improve its efforts in teacher working conditions as well as improving teaching materials and offering more guidance to teaching staff.

It is proposed that teacher training colleges will be established for primary and higher education and then an ongoing period of vocational training. However, these initiatives alone will not solve all of the problems that the education system in Chad has to contend with.

Far-reaching and in-depth reform has to take place if citizens of Chad are to receive a comparable education to other countries. At the moment, the prospects are bleak for university. The government have a tremendous task ahead of them to not only identify the root issues of the educational crisis but also to create an education system that works for everyone. Without radical change, university education cannot thrive which will ultimately hinder the development of the country.



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