NUSS Laments Educational Status Quo
The National Union of Sierra Leone Students (NUSS) has lamented the present state of affairs in the educational sector in the country in a courtesy call paid to the Minister of Education and Technology Dr. Minkailu Bah; attacking burning issues on general student’s welfare within the country.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, President of NUSS, Felix Koroma revealed to the Minister that ever since the current executive took over office, the general studentship of the country have been complaining about a lot of problems and the marginalization of students in the decision making process in the country.
The NUSS president complained about unimaginable cuts in the number of scholarships offered through the Sierra Leone Government Grant – In Aid. The allocation he said has drastically been cut down and fringe benefits such as semester allowances have all been slashed, over which the students are not happy about. Among other things, the student delegation deplored the non payment of SLG refunds; saying “it amounts to a gross show of injustice on the part of the government on the studentship in the country”.
Talking on infrastructure in the various colleges; NUSS president asserted that most of the buildings in the schools and colleges are in a dilapidated state and in every need of repairs. Hostels, the NUSS President said, are not enough and some colleges do not even have hostel facilities; the government and University administration must take it as their responsibility to straighten out all such ill-happenings in the educational sector.
Felix Koroma, without hesitation, made known to the Minister that the lack of transportation in colleges is a big problem and that it inhibits against smooth and consistent learning process in the country.
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