August 17, 2014
Serving and retired officials of the current ruling Front of EPRDF have gotten their daughters enrolled in prestigious US universities. The two witness their daughter graduate on 23 May, 2014 completing their secondary studies from the International Community School (Addis Abeba). As Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn got the youngest of his three daughters, Bitsit Hailemariam, enrolled at Columbia University, the daughter of the ex-Chief of the General Staff of the TPLF later Ethiopian Defense Forces from 1991 to 2001, General Gebretsadkan Gebretensae, Zebib Gebretsadkan has joined Agnes Scott College in the U.S. Gebretsadkan has been working as an adviser on the SPLA transformation program for the Government of South Sudan (GOSS) since 2006 and is also the Board Chairman of Raya Brewery S.C.
A local newspaper had recently reported that the annual tuition fee to send a student to the ICS Addis Abeba costs close to 40,000 dollars. The super-rich Ethiopians or members of the diplomatic and international organisations community send their children to this school. Many have wondered how Ethiopian government officials whose gross annual salary is not more than $40,000 are able to send their children to such most expensive schools.
Some of the business people who send their children to this school include Abebaw Desta, shareholder of Star Business Group, whose son Yohannes Abebaw, has joined University of Tampa, USA , and Mezgebu Ukule, Manager of Sky Bus Transport System, whose son Elias Mezgebu, has left for the Vanderbilt University, USA this year.