As Interim Committee Commences work Macro International rejects DHS
An Internationally recognised institution that issues accreditation to Demographic Health Surveys across the globe is said to have rejected data emanating from the fields in the nation’s ongoing DHS.
Inside sources intimated to this press that officials of Macro International have criticized preceding results from enumerators of the survey owing to suspected anomalies and have resorted to summon field staff for proper training.
This unfortunate development surfaces in the wake of the inaugural meeting of an Interim Committee of Statistics Sierra Leone a body appointed by His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma to review the DfID Consultancy Report on the improvement of Statistics Sierra Leone.
It would be recalled that previous publications of this medium blew the whistle over absurd and criminal recruitment process in the DHS which was however ignored but continued unabated. Recruitment for this all important survey was not done by merit but rather on personal basis that were allegedly influenced by the management cabal that is spearheaded by the Acting Statistician General Mohamed King Koroma. University and HTC Graduates were recruited for the previous DHS instead of school leavers and relatives and cronies of the current management cabal because the questionnaires used in such survey are voluminous and critical.
Meanwhile, the Interim Committee headed by Mr. Claudius J. Thomas as Chairman is said to have had its inaugural and first meeting yesterday 30th July. Among others the Chairman reiterated the terms of reference of his committee while impressing on members present that a host of anomalies have been heard of at SSL.
The Interim Committee is charged with the responsibility to review the report of DfID consultant Dr. Pepper on the improvement of Statistics Sierra Leone and to make recommendations on its implementation.
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