Burkina Faso

 Catholic schools’ secret of success in Burkina Faso

'The mission of the Catholic Church is to educate, which motivates Catholic teachers to do their best for their students’ education'

Burkina Faso’s National Union of Catholic Secondary Schools is commemorating its 50th anniversary this year. As if to celebrate, Catholic schools have excelled in this year’s final year examination results with some schools achieving a 100 percent success rate.

Is there a secret to the continuing success of these schools?

“It simply flows from the quality of the teaching framework,” said the principal of Holy Family College in Ouagadougou, Brother Alain Kombasséré.

The mission of the Catholic Church is to educate, which motivates Catholic teachers to do their best for their students’ education, he said.

“Discipline is very well enforced so there is no reason for students enrolled in Catholic schools to fail,” said one parent, Dieudonné Nana. “At that level at least, there are no problems.”

This year the statistics speak for themselves once again. While the national success rate, including all schools, is 42.91 percent, Catholic schools achieved a success rate of 89.13 percent.

Out of 4,049 candidates for the high school baccalaureate (BEPC), 3,609 succeeded.

The figures for Catholic schools in the various regions are extremely instructive: Cascades 94.82 percent, Center 94.66 percent, Center West 94.66 percent, South West 97.08 percent and Sahel 100 percent.

The shift to Catholic schools

As a result, parents increasingly want to move their children to Catholic schools, Brother Kombasséré said.

Since the publication of the results, many parents have flocked to find out about enrollment procedures.

Even a rise in fees has failed to dissuade parents concerned to provide for their children’s education.

“I will do everything I can to provide a good framework for my child, even if I need to go into overdraft,” said Timothée Nabaloum, a mechanic whose daughter studies at a Catholic college in Ouagadougou.

The fee rise is the result of a decision by school authorities to improve the working conditions for their staff, Brother Kombasséré said.

“We are planning to raise some allowances by up to 100%, particularly the housing allowance, which ranges from 8,000 CFA francs (12.30 euros to 20,000 CFA francs (30.70 euros),” he said.

“These allowances will double from the beginning of the new school year,” he said.

“When teachers and the rest of the staff are well treated then the students and parents also gain,” he added.

Alexandre Le Grand Rouamba, Ouagadougou

Source :  la-croix

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