Burundi: Parents and students ready for new school year

Since the education ministry has announced the date of the beginning of the new school year, parents and students hurry to buy school materials. Notebooks, uniforms, pencils, pens… are displayed in different places of the capital Bujumbura.

School materials displayed in one of the halls at “Palais des Arts” in Bujumbura

School materials displayed in one of the halls at “Palais des Arts” in Bujumbura

Pasteur Bizimana, a seller in Bujumbura says parents and students often start to buy school materials one week before the beginning of the school year. “We spent at least two months without having customers”, he says adding that parents and students often buy school materials at the last minute. Another vendor says they have reduced the price to attract more clients. “A notebook of 200 pages costs BIF 1000 like last year”, he says.

Eliazard Ngendakumasabo, one of the parents says the price of school materials haven’t changed a lot. “Traders should not change the price if they have failed to reduce it,” he says.

In the ministerial ordinance issued on 4 September, the beginning of the new school year is set on 10 September throughout the country.

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