This Thursday, May 5, 2022, the Minister of National Education, Literacy and Promotion of National Languages Lionel Bilgo opened the session of exchanges dedicated to the search for solutions for the construction of the Project infrastructures to Improve Access and Quality of Education (PAAQE) and examination preparations for school examinations and competitions, session 2022.
Burkina Faso has experienced the worst security crisis in its history. The world of education has not survived this crisis. In fact, as of March 31, 2022, the number of closed schools reached 3,664; the number of students affected is 579,440; establishments relocated due to shortage of number 125; and host establishments for internally displaced students numbered 4,237. This is a reminder made by the Minister of National Education, Literacy and the Promotion of National Languages Lionel Bilgo to show the dangerous situation that exists today, education in Burkina. The trusts he makes, these figures also illustrate the difficulties of accessing, investing or undertaking any form of structuring activities in vulnerable areas. From his convictions, this changing situation imposes on the actors, an endless review and adaptation of activities to continue to improve the education offer and a strong education system, especially by creating adequate school infrastructures and a good evaluation of learning. . If we stick to his declarations, in this sense that the meeting of exchanges he chaired, would necessarily have to find consensual solutions for the fulfillment of the infrastructures programmed under the Project of improvement Access and Quality of Education (PAAQE) and also to take stock of preparations for the organization of school examinations and competitions for the 2022 session.
The school examined the barometer of the health of the education system
School examinations are the barometer of the health of Burkina’s education system. Even in the most extreme conditions of peace, its organization is always more dangerous, originating the anxiety of the actors and mobilizing with all vigor. These words from the Minister in charge of Education, who justified the conduct of the exchanges, thought that what could be more normal, that the current situation requires more anticipation and vigilance to unify the ideal administrative situation, material and security. for the full conduct of the said examinations, a sign of the strength of our system in the face of the terrorist hydra. According to him, in this vision fell exchanges, which he wanted to be frank, sincere and fruitful.
The Project to Improve Access and Quality of Education (PAAQE) is funded by the World Bank. It supported the Burkina Faso government by building education infrastructure, Lionel Bilgo recalled. It shows that under component 1, there are plans to build and equip eight general education high schools, thirteen general education colleges, six regional science high schools and fifty additional classrooms in thirteen regions. There are also plans to build and equip Preparatory Classes for Grandes Ecoles (CPGE) and Centers for Preparation for Aggregation (CPA) for secondary education in Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso, he said. Unfortunately, he regrets, the implementation of the project has ground difficulties. The government spokesperson remains convinced that this meeting offers an opportunity to assess various concerns, identify and validate the best possible solutions, enabling the initiation of various actions. Lionel Bilgo so invited the meeting participants for a fruitful exchange. Before concluding his words, he paid tribute to the teachers with his words: “Let me salute the courage, unselfishness and sacrifice of all these warriors, especially the teachers who, at the risk of their lives, allowed us to keep our education system green even though in bad weather “.