ZEESM TL seeks to increase the education and training opportunities of each of its citizens at whatever level they are at, and by investing in them, ensuring the educational opportunities of future generations.
Improving education opportunities is a complex challenge and requires the correct combination of effort from each area of government. A stronger economy grows opportunities for professional training, a better road network allows children to be transported to secondary schools by bus instead of walking for miles on difficult roads, a better agricultural system allow more primary children more time to attend to school work, a lack of water and functional toilets means older girls, do not attend during their periods. There is a new larger younger generation is coming, in order to reap the benefits of the coming demographics, outlined in this website, the next generation must be educated.
The challenges are many. Although school is free, there are many expenses such as shoes and books that are not, literacy is estimated at between 30% and 43%, this means that even though parents are overwhelming in favor of education they may not be able to assist their children in completing homework. School buildings need a lot of improvements. It is difficult to secure qualified teachers and scholarships for those students showing abilities are rare. Providing students with good food to ensure they can study is also a key challenge.
The bad conditions in schools have been tackled by building and repairing the structures. So far 24 schools have already been rehabilitated. Teacher training is ongoing and there is an adult literacy programme.
Education does not end in school and to improve the economy of Oé-Cusse requires a professional pool of specialists. ZEESM seeks to ensure that those working in Oé-Cusse train those already here and seeks scholarships for those qualified. Two doctors are going to complete training to become cardiologists, technical trainees at the power station are becoming engineers, and an architect from Oé-Cusse is helping to design our new international airport.
The education system
The system of education is a layered one, students attend preschool, primary school and then pre-secondary in their own town lands. Secondary schools are located in urban centers. There are both public and private, religious, schools in Oé-Cusse. There is one private religious preschool, five private primary schools, 1 private pre-secondary school, and one private secondary school, the rest listed below are the public schools which RAEOA is in charge of.
In the public system, there are 13 pre-schools, 58 primary schools, 9 pre-secondary schools, 3 secondary schools, 1 vocational school for technology & management and 1 vocational school for agriculture. Baiqueno and Tetum are used in pre-schools, while Portuguese is added to the mix in primary school. In secondary Tetum, English and Portuguese are used.
In 2016 there were a total of 23,744 pupils in all the schools (both public and private) from preschool to secondary in Oé-Cusse: 774 pupils in the preschools, 15,109 in primary school, 5,932 in pre-secondary schools and 1,929 in the secondary schools.
As of May 2017 there were a total of 25,661 pupils in all the schools (both public and private) from preschool to secondary in Oé-Cusse. There are 417 girls and 425 boys attending preschool, 11,224 girls and 11,158 boys attending primary school & pre-secondary schools and 1,192 girls and 1,245 boys in the secondary schools.