Haiti pres: Thousands will go to school for free

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Posted: Oct 03, 2011 7:11 PM
Haiti pres: Thousands will go to school for free

Haiti's President Michel Martelly says the government is boosting student enrollment this year by putting more than 700,000 youths into classrooms.

The leader says that his National Fund for Education is paying tuition for 142,000 students who will go to school for the first time.

Registration fees for other students will be picked up by a $1.25 million donation from the foundation of former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who is also the U.N. special envoy to Haiti.

The program is also supported by Haiti-bound phone calls and wire transfers .

The announcement came Monday, the first day of school and a month after classes were scheduled to open. The delay stemmed from the government wanting to sort out kinks in the school program.