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Kadi Sanogo, a student in the final class of Exact Sciences at Ibrahima Ly High School in Bamako, takes support classes to pass his baccalaureate exams that will take place in August. She regrets the strikes that regularly disrupt the school year in Mali and believes that this is one of the reasons for the decline in the level of students. '' The reasons are the unlimited strikes that paralyze the school years in Mali. Strikes that can sometimes last up to five months as was the case this year. Students need to have the courage to do exercises together and improve their level, '' explains the student.

Tansania Schüler mit Autismus and eine Therapeutin (picture-alliance / imageBROKER)

In addition, the quality of teachers is also criticized. This is explained by Marietou Djiguiba, a graduate student in economics at Lycée Ibrahim Ly. '' There are teachers who do not explain lessons clearly in class, '' entrusts the student.
With the advent of democracy in Mali in 1992, the democratic regime introduced NEF, the New Basic School.
The latter, by introducing an imperative objective of literacy, would have put forward the political will without taking into account the real level of the pupils. At least that's what Lamine Dao, professor of physics and chemistry thinks. "The goal was to increase the literacy rate in Mali. But whether the students had the level or not, that was not their problem, because the main goal was to reach 85% literacy. When you take for example a first class with 100 students, the following year 85 students had to go to higher class, even if they did not have the average, '' says the teacher.

Ende Tembiné is a parent of a student. He believes that teaching should not be limited to classrooms. "There are parents of students who do not take care of the activities of their children at home. The homework that professors give, they do not follow. The child is only followed on the day of the proclamation of the results of the examinations. Sometimes the principals of the schools in which our children are enrolled spend their time calling us but we do not answer their call. Our share of responsibility is very big. '' Shares of shared responsibility therefore with regard to the lowering of the level of the pupils.
Sidi Koumaré, director of studies of Yeelen high school, a parapublic institution located on the outskirts of Bamako, believes that better control of parents would help maintain quality. "It is thanks to these parental controls that the administration of the school can in turn exert moral pressure on the teaching staff. Thus, the faculty will be forced to recover and work better with the students. Because they will know that their performance is followed by the parents of students, '' explains the director.

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