The Chronicle Gambia

Back to School: What It Means for Local Businesses and Customers

The month of September is always remembered for its back to school moment. This is when schools are reopen after about a two-month summer holiday. As they reopen, some students will be promoted to upper grades while freshmen will be enrolled. This has been a booming period for local businesses as students would rush to acquire new uniforms, bags, shoes, books and other learning materials.  

In a visit to Banjul, The Chronicle team has found buyers queuing at some major selling points such as Ashobee Store and some stationery shops. Sellers of goods have complained about slow move from customers, who decried the high cost of needed materials.  

“We are preparing our children back to school. They’ve enjoyed the holiday. We’re back to the shop here to buy their uniforms, books, pencils to prepare them to go to school,” Awa Jobe told The Chronicle in Banjul.

Sainey Jobe, a student, says things are somehow difficult because the uniform and a bag she bought are expensive.

“I am preparing so that I can go back to school by buying books so that I can go back and learn something. I bought a uniform and bag.


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