Education Bureau closes 35 schools in Addis


A lack of qualified teachers, adequate laboratories, and sleeping rooms for KG students caused the Addis Ababa Education Bureau to revoke licenses and close 35 private schools last fiscal year.
Sixteen schools were KG and 18 were primary schools (grade 1-8). There was also one high school in Nifas Silk Sub- City which was closed for not having an athletic field, a laboratory and inadequate hygiene and sanitation standards. Most of the schools were in Kolfe, Bole, Akaki, Yeka and Nifas Silk Sub Cities.
Students from these schools have been advised to relocate before the academic year starts.
Primary and High Schools are supposed to have a standard class, toilet, laboratory, and an athletic field to play football, basketball and volleyball.
Fikerte Abera, Deputy Director of education relevance and quality at the Bureau Capital that some of the schools which were closed had KG students sleeping in the class rooms.
“There is no way children can receive a sound education in poor buildings so we can’t have children packed and sandwiched in untidy classrooms,’’ she said.
“We want to maintain standards that will uplift education in the city and that is why we closed the substandard schools. We found that some teachers had never taken a teaching class and there were dilapidated buildings, lack of science equipment in laboratories, and a shortage of current books,” she added.
She expressed disappointment at the disobedience shown by some proprietors who went ahead with the schools in spite of several warnings from the Bureau. She warned school proprietors that the Bureau has zero tolerance for substandard private schools.
“The vision of the Bureau is to attain excellence in education and by so doing we will work tirelessly to take action against those who contravene these requirements. We will not hesitate to close down any school going contrary to the stipulations; where pupils and students are not being properly taught, where safe gathering becomes an issue, or where the safety of our children is not guaranteed. It is very important that schools get teaching and learning right so as to empower children,” she stated.
Some studies indicated there are schools established in inappropriate places like garages, next to a mechanic workshop, near bars and motels while others have substandard teaching services.
Currently 1,000 KG, 589 primary and 149 private high schools operate in the capital city.