Somaliland: Education Minister Meets with Private School Principals

Abdillahi Ibrahim Habbane, Somaliland's Education Minister

“Students will not be holiday on Thursday; they will be taught and only Fridays will be off at all Somaliland schools.”

“The 2-month school vacation is reduced to one month and fifteen days from today.”

The minister of Education of Somaliland Hon. Abdillahi Ibrahim Habbane
The minister of Education of Somaliland Hon. Abdillahi Ibrahim Habbane

By Gulaid Dalha

Hargeisa – Somali Commentator – The minister of Education of Somaliland Hon. Abdillahi Ibrahim Habbane better known as Abdillaahi Dheere yesterday (Monday) met the principals of private primary and secondary schools in Hargeisa. Many private schools attended the conference which attracted a number of educationists and experts at the venue.

At first, the minister of education of Somaliland Mr Habbane thanked the principals for their attendance. He likewise listened their appreciations, feedbacks and complains pertaining the Ministry of Education of Somaliland.

The principals of private schools stated the need to improve Somaliland education and urged the government generally and the Ministry of Education particularly to further explore an outstanding education policy to lead the nation and hence get quality students.

On the other hand, the Minister of Education of Somaliland H.E. Abdillahi Ibrahim Habbane reiterated the need to refurbish the curriculum of Somaliland and of course the indispensability of the feedback of teachers and principals. “Curriculum should not be static – our scholars set and we can alter whenever we need to change. To follow the standard and explore new ideas and discoveries, we should always find out the best,” added Habbane, Somaliland’s Minister for Education.

Similarly, Minister Habbane told the principals that his Ministry has set a new curriculum for secondary schools that will be sooner released. “We have recently innovated new textbooks for Somaliland students. It is the first time that such textbooks comprising all curriculum subjects set for the nation,” said the Minister of Education. Furthermore, Mr Abdillahi Dhere, Somaliland’s Minister of Education called teachers only to follow the textbooks which are also very cheap – each books costs $3 as confirmed by the minister. Talking about this the minister said, “Each book costs $3 while students who could not afford will be sponsored by the Ministry. By the way, at primary schools, each book cost $1.5.”

Last but not the least, the Minister of Education urged all Somaliland principals to participate the ongoing activities of improving the nation’s education in order to contend the world. He similarly called the student to work hard, strive and to make the limit the sky.