Students of the secondary school in Sirba Locality, West Darfur organized a protest strike, refusing to resume their studies on Sunday August 26, unless teachers, text-books and proper seating are provided. The pupils also demanded a rehabilitation plan for all schools in the region.
A student told Radio Dabanga they decided to organize a strike, because of the lack of teachers, text books and school brochures. He revealed that the number of pupils in the school are 450, with only six teachers. Two of the teachers are volunteers in the basic stage. The pupil explained that there are only three textbooks available; history, geography, and Islamic studies books. All other books remain unavailable.
Adam Yahya Bashar Abdullah, Minister of Education in West Darfur, acknowledged the textbooks were not provided as well as the lack of proper chairs. He emphasized that the ministry did not provide textbooks since 2006 and that the students have to bring chairs from their homes.
The Minister affirmed the lack of black boards and acknowledged the shortage of teachers. He pointed out that books with the value of a billion and a half pounds (SDG) are expected to arrive to the state soon. He added that a rehabilitation plan for all schools is in the making.