Over Sierra Leone’s educational downturn… who takes the blame?
Existing argument between the Ministry of Education and teachers of Sierra Leone over who takes the blame for the current educational melt-down took a new twist yesterday as students of Albert Academy held their Administration to ransom earlier this week.
It could be recalled that quite recently, the Deputy Minister of Education (II), Mamoud Trawallie, took a move to revitalize what he termed restoring sanity in the discharge of services by teachers whilst in schools.
In the same vein, the Action Aid Campaign Coordinator, Mohamed Sillah, has condemned teachers in the provinces as unfit and unqualified to teach, arguing that they themselves are junior and secondary school leavers giving the task to teach others.
In a bid to strengthen its academic output, the Albert Academy School Administration has set aside a new standard of grading system which makes it mandatory for all those students who who are to promote for the SSS4 examination class must score an aggregate of 60% or above for promotion.
This new requirement does not seem to please students of the academy and they therefore resorted to violence to register their grievance.
Thus, the cliché “standards are fallen” seems true as many university graduates these days have little to show in terms of ‘standards’.
Some schools of thought argue that the poor standard is squarely placed on the shoulders of government as they have ceased to recruit qualified teachers, even when the need arises for reason that they want to trim down the budget on ghost teachers.
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