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Number of school drop-outs on the rise in Sudan capital

December 18 - 2016 OMDURMAN
Homeless children in Khartoum (Mary Ellen Mark)
Homeless children in Khartoum (Mary Ellen Mark)

A growing number of children in Omdurman do not attend classes anymore.

The high costs of living in combination with the increased fees imposed by the school administrations in Omdurman’s populated districts of Ombadda and El Thawraat are causing despair among many parents, MP Bashir El Sheikh Abu Kasawi reported last week.

About 50 per cent of the students who do attend school cannot read or write “because they have been deprived of preschool education,” he said.

The MP expressed his concern that “The drop-outs may become homeless or even thieves in the end”.

The federal Minister of General Education, Suad Abdelrazeg, acknowledged “an increase in school drop-outs in some areas because of poverty and destitution”.

In November the Sudanese government implemented a series of austerity measures that according to President Al Bashir were needed “to avoid the collapse of the country”. As a result, the prices of fuel and imported commodities began to soar in an unprecedented way. The prices of medicines doubled, and in some cases even tripled.

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