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3,000 Students Protest against Educational Reform in Gabon

Written by Rakotomalala On 8 December 2013 @ 10:46 am | 1 Comment

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Reforms to the educational system were suspended [1] [fr] in Gabon after teachers and students marched together in protests. In the proposed reform, the final exam to obtain the high school diploma will be done in one round instead of two and the entry into high school will be subjected to a final exam instead of a passing grade at the end of the final year of middle high school. Charlie M. explains what was at stake [2] :

By acting spontaneously without waiting for a go ahead word from anyone, young students demonstrated that they were capable on their own, to realize that to deal with the situation, it was necessary for them to intervene and mobilize. Nobody would do it in their place; especially not their elders who are not capable of that. The youth, unlike their seniors, understand better that democrats, regardless of their views, cannot accept that their rights be violated, and therefore cannot yield when it comes to these fundamental issues such as the right to a quality education

A young student n in defiance of the security forces in the streets of Libreville, Gabon via le Gabon qui dit non [3]

A young student n in defiance of the security forces in the streets of Libreville, Gabon via le Gabon qui dit non

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[1] Reforms to the educational system were suspended: http://www.afrik.com/gabon-les-reformes-dans-l-education-suspendues

[2] what was at stake: http://gabonenervant.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-rout-of-regime-facing-strenght-of.html

[3] Image: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-T9S1ZadlvhA/UqCmLMYE_bI/AAAAAAAAP4s/MFndodeiWOo/s1600/pict.jpg

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