Primary education and distance learning will become free in Angola. According to the new legal diploma, the State must provide students with access to school material, namely school manuals upon availability.
The Angolan parliament today unanimously approved the legislation amending the Basic Law of the Education and Teaching System, with 205 favorable votes, a document that contemplates free primary education and distance learning.
The legal diploma passed the sieve of Angolan deputies without votes against and abstentions during the eighth ordinary plenary session of the fourth legislature of the National Assembly.
The gratuity in the Education and Teaching System, according to the law, translates into the exemption of any payment for enrollment, assistance to classes, school material and social support, for all students who attend primary education in public educational institutions.
The State, observes the document, must create conditions so that students who attend primary education in public-private and private institutions have access to school material, namely school manuals through free availability.
The State must guarantee and promote the necessary conditions to make attendance at the initiation class and the first cycle of secondary education free of charge, as well as school health and school meals in public educational institutions.
The Law that alters the Basic Law of the Education and Teaching System also contemplates the distance learning modality, which must take place virtually, and the semi-presential teaching modality.
The parliamentary session takes place in Luanda with a large number of deputies participating by videoconference, from other Angolan provinces, as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of the covid-19.