PR Horta requests Gov’t MoEYS to put more investment in the Education sector

PR Horta requests Gov’t MoEYS to put more investment in the Education sector


Laclubar, february 17, 2023 (TATOLI)– Republican President José Ramos Horta asked the Minister of Education, Youth, and Sports (MOEYS) to properly use the state budget to invest in the education sector.

The request was made following the President’s visit to Baluli Batara, a Primary school in Manatuto Municipality.

In a statement seen by Tatoli, it was stated that Batara Elementary School lacked infrastructure, clean water, sanitation, and most of the school materials for students to study.

“I am very sad to visit Batara Elementary School and see firsthand the condition of the educational development process because there is still a shortage of learning materials, lack of water and sanitation, therefore the school budget must be used for building school infrastructure and providing school materials. , I ask the Government to invest more in the education sector,”

According to Horta, in the last 20 decades, many efforts have been made by the government of Timor-Leste to develop the education sector, but the Ministry of Education has not provided an adequate budget for investment in the school sector.

Horta also promised to provide school supplies to students at Batara school at the request of teachers and students.

“The President of the Republic will procure school materials and computers with the President’s budget or even use the president’s own money. I asked the principal to get the equipment in Dili as soon as possible,’ he said

On this issue, Horta also discussed school meals with teachers, saying it was necessary to evaluate the school feeding program, which costs 0.25 cents per student and currently increases to 0.42 cents for food.

Batara school Coordinator, Laura Silvina Soares appreciated the visit of the President of the Republic José Ramos Horta to Batara School, saying: “I feel grateful, this is the first time the president of the Republic of Timor-Leste visits this school since Timor-Leste became independent until today, we appreciate this visit,” said Laura Silvina

Sylvania informed that the biggest challenge faced by the school was the school administration adding that all school data and student data were written down manually, and the school did not have a xerox printer including the school kitchen.

According to Silvania, Batara school has more than 313 students consisting of 151 girls and 162 boys. This school has nine teachers consisting of three female teachers and six male teachers.

According to MoEYS data, 1,902 schools across the country need more school infrastructure and classroom equipment.

Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá
Editor: Nelia B.


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