Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Education Meets with Development Partners
The Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Education and Development partners providing support to the education sector in Sierra Leone has ended a three days’ round table meeting in Parliament from Tuesday 25th to Thursday, 28th February, 2019.
In his keynote address, the Retired Honourable Speaker of Parliament, Dr. Abass Bundu described the meeting as very important being that he said, it is the first ever formal engagement by such committees and their development partners.
‘’There is no scintilla of doubt that the outcome of this engagement would better harness the working relationship between Parliament and the donor community, as well as enhancing the knowledge and information of the committees with regards to both the nature and details of your support towards the education sector’’, he told the gathering.
As an institution, Dr. Abass Bundu said, they are not oblivious of the heightening support development partners are providing for the improvement of the country’s education sector especially he said, following the end of eleven years’ civil war and other subsequent disasters. He stated that. It is against the backdrop that the Parliamentary Oversight Committees on Education deemed it extremely necessary to meet with development partners to obtain first-hand information about their various support to the sector.
As a Parliament in particular and Government generally, the Speaker of Parliament said, they hold sacred the fact that a nation cannot develop without a strong human capital. In that regard, he said the Government demonstrated its commitment by introducing the Free Quality Education across to basic and senior secondary educational levels.
He commended all those that have collaborated with Government to ensure the successful introduction of the flagship project. He assured that they would do all what they can to not only increase but also strengthen parliamentary oversight over the executive arm of Government, particularly in the education sector with a view to ensuring judicious use of their support and assistant. He continued that as a nation, they are of the fact that our education has over the years fallen far behind international competition. ‘’We will continue to take robust and appropriate measures aimed at changing the standard of education system in the country.
He acknowledged the fact that not all development partners and other stakeholders providing support to the sector have been invited by the committees and dilated that Parliament considers their contributions invaluable and look forward to meeting with them in the near future. Other distinguished personnel also delivered meaningful statement.
By Amira Tatayea Bangura
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