Schools Report - who goes

There are over 500 pupils at the Lower Basic school, including the nursery.  The buildings are more than 30 years old, and many of them are in need of repair and refurbishment.

The Secondary school has grown rapidly from its origins as a Skills Centre, aimed at older teenagers. There are currently over 400 students at the school and this number will rise to 500 in September 2013, as it hosts classes for each age group from 11 to 19, for the first time.

The buildings in this rapidly growing school are in a reasonable state of repair, but there are no laboratories and accommodation is so tight that the school has to run a double shift system of attendance, to be able to cater for all students.

Both schools are co-educational (gender split approximately 50:50) and multi faith (moslem 60%, christian 30%, other 10%). English is the official language in the schools, although the second language for most of their students (after local African languages, such as Wolof, Mandinka, Jola etc).

Boys, girls, Christian and Moslem, from different ethnic and language groups learning together

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