Basic Education: World Bank injects fresh 16 billion FCFA to boost education reforms.

The World Bank has injected a fresh sum of 16 billion FCFA to boost education reforms in the country.

The amount was injected through Cameroon Education Reform Support Project, CERSP, better known by its French acronym PAREC, which is sponsored by the World Bank.

Information of the financial package from the World Bank was made public yesterday by the Minister of Basic Education, Prof Laurent Serge Etoundi Ngoa.

The member of government made the disclosure while chairing the 6th Ordinary and 5th Extraordinary Sessions of the Cameroon Education Reform Support Project in the Yaounde. Present at the event were all the partners and stakeholders of the project and basic education family.  

Minister Etoundi Ngoa, who also doubles as the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Cameroon Education Reform Support Project, said the essence of the steering committee meeting was to evaluate the road covered by the project’s action plan from the start of the year, count strides recorded as well as identify challenges.

Prof Etoundi Ngoa said the session was also to enable stakeholders map out ways on how to handle challenges encountered since the start of the year.

Speaking to reporters at the end of the opening ceremony of the session, the Secretary of State to the Minister of Basic Education, Dr Asheri Kilo, told reporters that the project is on a good footing.

This, she said, is especially with the recent disbursements of funds from the World Bank.

“We have also noticed that we had a little bit of slow down at some point. That was because the World Bank was very rigid in the disbursement of funds,” Dr Asheri told reporters.

The Secretary of State however added that in the last three months, the project has had “two disbursements that came up to about 16 billion FCFA; for which we can see that much improvement has been accomplished”.

Zooming on strides recorded by the PAREC project, Dr Asheri mentioned the recruitment of teachers, purchase and distribution of textbooks to pupils.

She also said teachers who been exceptional have been given some allowances to support and to promote excellence within the basic education milieu.

“At the end of this evaluation definitely, we are going to have a report and from this report, we will see what financial needs we have to make so as to accomplish in its totality the action plan that has been drawn up,” Dr Asheri said.

She said at the end of the session, stakeholders will be expected to use the detailed report of the most pressing needs of the sector to help government draft a budget for the 2023/2024 school year, for the project.  

The PAREC project targets the recruitment and training of teachers, distribution of three free textbooks for the two sub systems of education, support to learners in rural areas and management of the education system in general in the country.

According to the General Coordinator of the PAREC project, Owotsogo Onguene, 12,000 teachers have so far been recruitment in the country, thanks to the project.

PAREC project has for over four years has permitted the Ministry of Basic Education to recruit teachers. Each year 3,000 teachers are recruited in the Basic Education sector through the project.

 

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