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Yemeni MoE: Insurgents Confiscated Half Budget Allocated for Printing School Books | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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People stand on the rubble of a school destroyed in a suburb of the northwestern Yemeni city of Sa’ada, September 14, 2016. (Photo by Reuters)

Aden – Yemeni Minister of Education Abdullah Lamlas announced that insurgents confiscated half the amount allocated for printing school books of the state school. He also indicated that the books published had been altered to their own benefit which prompted the ministry to cancel the Arabic Language books of ninth grade and grade one.

The minister added that the insurgents canceled the reading curriculum of 2014 in an attempt to change historic facts agreed on by both Shi’ites and Sunnis.

According to the minister, the militias destroyed in one year everything built by the minister over the course of 15 years. He revealed that the country lost 80 million dollars allocated for education. He also added that this amount was given to Yemen due to international partnership and cooperation between the World Bank and many other parties.
The minister said the results of the exams in liberated districts will be announced tomorrow during a press conference in the temporary capital Aden and will be available at the ministry’s website.

Lamlas added that the results can’t be sent to Sana’a out of fear of tampering. He also pointed out that Telecommunication Company is under insurgency’s control which prompted the ministry to establish a website to post results.
The minister explained that due to the war, many civilians were displaced from Taiz, Bayda, and other districts which caused an increase in number of students in classes. He also pointed that in some areas some schools contained 170 students in a single class.

As for the cholera outburst, the ministry decided to close schools and educational institutions in areas that were infected until medical sources confirm the disease is contained and under control.

The minister concluded that having over two million students in the liberated districts requires support and funding for supplies and school books.