Although the delightful sunny days of the long Tunisian summer seem to go on forever,Tuesday, September 22nd was finally the start of the new school year! Cameras and camcorders were at the ready to record the moment, especially for the 6 year olds starting in Year 1!
The Tunisian Government has allocated 300 million dinars for the new school year, including 50 million dinars for the recruitment of 4000 teachers, trainers and primary school teachers, 23 million dinars forextension works and 50 million dinars for the creation of new educational establishments!
The Education and Training Minister Mr Hatem Ben Salem also made it top of his agenda to call in on several schools to check on preventive measures for H1N1, as well as viewing a pilot project in Soukra, Ariana, intended to provide the most brilliant students with close guidance and advanced training!
Expats all over Tunisia are now breathing a huge sigh of relief and enjoying the peace and quiet after the long summer break, extended this year to fit in the Eid celebrations after Ramadan!