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6-3-3-4 Education reviewed in Makeni

6-3-3-4 Education reviewed in Makeni

Dr. Denise Kargbo, head of the Review Committee of the 6-3-3-4 educational system in the country and principal of the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology has told Sierra Express Media that his committee is currently making initial strides to review the present system of education with the aim of looking into the lapses.

“We are looking into the system and see what may be responsible for the poor performance of school children in public examinations in the country,” Denise Kargbo said.

According to Dr. Kargbo, the educational system in the country is completely below expectation. “We are reviewing the system and if possible see how best the system could be improved and developed to phase out this almost mass rate of failure of the educational system especially in these latter days.”

According to the MMCE principal, the process of reviewing the system was a mandate from President Ernest Bai Koroma, based on the fact that the educational system in the country has dropped drastically, and that something must be done to salvage the situation.

“We need to up grade the level of education in this country to standard by implementing strict measures in the form of discipline in schools, counseling, and motivation to teachers.”  Kargbo said. Making emphasis on tertiary institutions, the educationist asserted that the standard of education in tertiary institutions in the country has “dropped miserably low.”

Plans are now underway to institute what he called “perfect monitoring mechanisms.”

It could be recalled the 6334 system of education was established in the 1993 and since then there have not been a review process by any government and neither has there been a monitoring mechanism.

Notwithstanding the blame being laid on the 6334 system as the source of the low standard of education in the country, some teachers still see it as a viable option and a system worth upholding.  Mr. Shekuba Sesay, a teacher supports this view. “The 6334 system is hopeful and profitable if proactive measures are put in place in terms of resources and provision of equipments in our technical vocational institutions throughout the country then we will be able to be proud of the 6334 system of education in the country’s educational system,” Mr. Shekuba Sesay said.

Mr. Sullimani, a qualified teacher in Kissy Shell also supports: “The perception of some people that technical and vocational institutions are for drop-out from the mainstream educational structure is outdated, as a matter of fact, technical institutions enable those student who may not have the chance to proceed to University level acquire career skills that will help them to be self reliance for the future,” he said.

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