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Mozambique is to distribute 14 million free school books in the next school year, the country’s minister for education and human development, Conceita Sortane, told journalists on Thursday.
Books are already being handed out in provinces across the country, Sortane said, to enable them to reach areas that are more difficult to access before the rainy season.
She explained the ministry wanted to avoid the delays faced last year due to the books being printed outside the country.
Sortane added that the authorities would not tolerate school books intended for free distribution to be sold.
The beginning of the school year is scheduled for 1 February 2019.
The Mozambican government introduced free school books in primary education with the aim to reduce costs of education for families, especially disadvantaged ones.
Handing out free books is also a strategy to encourage families to send their children to school, in a country with high school dropout rates.
The free books are then returned to schools so that they can be used the following school year by other pupils, though this has proven ineffective because of books being returned damaged.Source: Lusa