Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Minkailu Bah yesterday 4th April 2017 launched two days Education Sector/Mid-Term Review Workshop.
The event which attracted several participants including traditional rulers, councilors, Mayors, District Chairperson, donor partners, civil society and other important stakeholders is being held at the Bintumani Hotel at Aberdeen in Freetown.
Delivery his official statement, the Minister underscored the importance of such a workshop and commended participants and donors for their involvement. “Your presence is a confirmation of the value you attach to education and hence to the developmental aspiration of Sierra Leone” he stated.
He asked participants to be very attentive during the course of the workshop in order to take stocks of what have been achieved so far and also share ideas on how education can be improved. He disclosed that was imperative for educational stakeholders to take stocks and assess progress against challenges and devise a strategy that will ensure improvement.
He informed that the Education Sector Review (ESR) is very special because it is a Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the Education Sector Plan for the period 2014-2018. He said the Ebola outbreak did not affected implementation but limited the scope and speed. He reiterated that some of the changes made during the course of the implementation including collaboration and cooperation are very significant. “Post Ebola strategy for Education document produced by my Ministry has become an invaluable asset and is contributing greatly to progress being made in the sector” he reiterated.
He said the Education Sector Plan 2014-2018 title (Learning to Succeed) merely indicates that his ministry is concern about learning in institutions.
“Parents send their children to school and college and students attend these institutions for one main reason- to learn” he firmly stated pointing out that “I am concerned that notwithstanding noteworthy and commendable improvements, we still confronted with numerous challenges”.He went further to slammed the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and colleges that are involved in malpractices.“West African Examination’s Council (WAEC) examination results and college examination results should provide a small, even though unclear, window into the learning that is taking place in our educational institutions but such is a level of malpractices taking place that these examinations no longer provide the expected feed back to stakeholders”he disclosed.According to the minister, his ministry is currently working in collaboration with other partners to reduce the malpractices.“As Minister of Education I will ensure that the activities of cheats do not destroy our examinations and make the genuine effort and achievement of the great majority worthless” he assured.
He said they are unlikely to complete the implementation of some of the key activities and meet some key targets by 2018 as earlier stated that they were affected by Ebola. “Consequently, in my capacity as Minister OF Education, Science and Technology, I have directed that, instead of leaving some key targets unmet, we update the existing ESP and give it a lifetime of three years 2018-2020” he maintained. He said during the course all necessary activities and development will be completed. ”Your contributions, recommendations during this workshop inform the updating of the ESP” he said.
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