Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has sworn into office the new Education Minister, Conceita Sortane, and the Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Augusto de Sousa Fernando.

Also sworn in here Monday was Orlando Quilambo, for a second five-year term as Vice-Chancellor of the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), and former education minister Jorge Ferrao as the new Vice-Chancellor of the Pedagogic University (UP), the country’s largest institution of higher education.

Nyusi hoped the new appointees would open an era of hope, despite the difficulties the country was currently facing. He described the Education Ministry as “the centre of government action and humanization of society at a time when the country is facing a decline in ethical values”.

“Education cannot be just learning how to read and write, education must also train citizens morally,” the president stressed.

Nyusi called for an improvement in the quality of education in order to transform schools into centres for empowerment and skills, which would require “concrete actions aimed at concrete solutions”.

The President also said he regarded the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy as vital, given the role of hydrocarbons and of electricity in the country’s economic development. It has been without a deputy minister since the beginning of 2015, and by appointing Fernando to this post, “we are strengthened the management of this area, which is a catalyst of the economy’.