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MBABANE – The registration period for the Free Primary Education (FPE) programme has been extended in some schools.

This was confirmed by Education ministry’s Mboni Dlamini in an interview with this publication yesterday. He said the reason for the extension was the poor response they got which suggested that the information and announcement about the FPE registration had not reached a majority of the Swazi people.

“We had hoped that people had heard about the exercise, but seemingly in some areas that was not the case,” said the Senior Education Planner. As a result, he said, some schools had requested that they be given an extension period to register out of school children in their areas.

Deadline Primary school principals were given June 19 as the deadline for submitting the data forms to their respective Regional Education Offices (REO). “Some principals are still submitting the collected data while some schools have been given the green light to continue with registering children to benefit in government’s free education programme,” said Dlamini.

He said the principals were given the whole of this week to continue with the registration process. Initially, the registration was to have been a two day period- Tuesday and Wednesday last week. “The collected data and that which is yet to be submitted will be handed over to the ministry from the various Regional Education Offices,” he said.

When asked if they were satisfied with the methods or strategies used to reach out to the intended children or communities who are in dire need of free education and currently out of school, he said: “We are still monitoring the situation and the main reason we allowed principals to continue with the registration was that some people were caught off guard.”

Submissions Dlamini said after having received all submissions the ministry would then take into consideration, based on what they have received, as to whether to further extend the registration period in all regions again. Government has since embarked on a registration exercise of all out of school children including those with disabilities to register for next year’s free education programme for Grades One and Two. All children between the ages of six and 18 are called to register and school principals were told to register all such children without discrimination.

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Comments:thanks to the goveernment of swaziland. maybe the number of street kids will be reduced.

From:D Dladla - Swaziland (09-Mar-2010)

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