The current strategy of the Tunisian government regarding school education, aims amongst others at modernising the education system, increasing the efficiency and improving the services and the reactivity in order to meet the new economic and social requirements for human resources. Increasing the retention and school-leaving qualifications rate for the primary, preparatory and secondary education cycle, improving the education quality and reaching higher participation rates in the scientific and technical branches are the global priorities. To achieve this last objective it is necessary to provide the secondary schools with the missing laboratories and appropriate equipment.
For the fulfilment of these general objectives the Ministry of Education has launched the Schools Modernisation Programme supported by EIB, KfW Development Bank and the European Commission. This programme helps to sustain the goals of the national education policy whose priority is to rehabilitate the school infrastructure which is currently severely degraded and does not respond at all to school demand. It foresees the construction of 59 new school buildings - 31 middle schools, 27 high schools and 1 boarding school - and the rehabilitation of 310 school buildings – 8 primary schools, 122 middle schools, 127 high schools and 53 boarding schools.
The Schools Modernisation Programme should also allow strengthening the capacities of the Ministry of Education and Equipment through staff increase on the one hand and through the benefits of the technical assistance measures put in place on the other hand.