Monday, June 11, 2019
By Desmond Jones
The Education Minister Alpha Osman Timbo is Bringing Back Respect to Sierra Leone Education and Examinations. By Desmond Jones June 10, 2019
The Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education Alpha Osman Timbo is working very Hard to Restore integrity in Sierra Leone’s Schools Examinations.
From a historical perspective, Sierra Leone has lost “the Athens of Africa” adage. An advanced system of education like non other that is only found in Sierra Leone, West Africa for many years. For about thirty years, Sierra Leone’s successive governments placed a low premium on educational standards.
Indeed, the Chinese clearly stated that the journey of a thousand miles start with the first step. One can negate the current patriotic effort embarked by the current government, but the effect of the noble undertaking and its result can be felt. seen and even witnessed it as 45 years old parents and grandparents sit in the same classroom and work on the same classroom Homework, as they compete for Grades. That is improvement in the right direction, which under scores the fact that the “Government’s Free Education” iis slowly, but surety working.
Most African Nations’ political dispensation faltered in not having the right person in the Right places or right Government Department. Honorable Alpha Timbo has been both a spectator and a participant in Sierra Leone’s educational system in various levels. As head of his Department, he is determined to leave his positive mark in perpetuity.
This can be found in his position and response to the more than 30 years old “cancer on Examination Malpractices”. The Minister is currently undertaking a nationwide social mobilization drive to sensitize community stakeholders on the need to discourage examination malpractices. It could be recalled that candidates of the ongoing West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination recently rioted against officials of the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education monitoring the conduct of the examination. The pupils were unhappy with the stringent measures instituted by the Ministry to discourage examination malpractices in this year’s WASSCE.
In addressing the stakeholders of Falaba District, Minister Timbo said citizens must make conscious efforts to discourage pupils from engaging in examination malpractices. He said this is important to build a better future for Sierra Leone. He said an investigation carried out by the Ministry on examination malpractice revealed that there is a huge syndicate for that, which involves the Parents, School Authorities, Teachers and even officials of the West Africa Examination Council.
He said a lot of people are making millions of Leones from the conspiracy, and therefore, they have the tendency to resist moves to put the act to an end.
However, he said, his Ministry is determined to once more restore sanity and integrity to Sierra Leone’s educational system.
The National Coordinator for the Free Quality School Education Program Mr. Amara Sowa said The New Direction Administration is not just delivering Free Education, but one that is off quality standards. He said, they want to take Sierra Leone from the situation where it graduates display poor reading and writing outputs. For this reason, he said they are trying to cub-out examination malpractices for pupils s and students to earn their certificates.
The Communication Specialist in the Ministry Mr. Ibrahim Sheriff said Examination Malpractice is an act the President, Rt. Brig. Julius Maada Bio seriously frowns at. He said the act has the potential to mess up the reputation of the country in the international arena, to a point students from Sierra Leone will have to defend their certificates to enroll in Universities Abroad. This, he said is contrary to the desires of the President, who is making efforts to take the country back in the days, when it was Athens of West Africa.
The Minister emphatically called on Parents in particular to encourage their children to study harder to pass their examination, instead of depending on paying monies for grades.