Haitian children are heading back to classes, and the country’s government says it wants to make sure they get a better chance to learn.
The Caribbean nation’s education department is starting to require all teachers to pass a test and become certified if they want to remain in the classroom.
The move is one of several education reforms aimed at bolstering education in a country with dire rates of illiteracy and drop outs.
Haiti Education Minister Nesmy Manigat says all teachers will be issued a two-year provisional permit, giving them time to study and take the test.
Children in new uniforms lined up outside schools across the capital Monday, with a festive air in some places. At one school, schoolgirls sported scarlet ribbons in their hair for the first day’s flag ceremony.