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BECE candidates resume schooling today

BECE candidates resume schooling today

Port Loko, March 16 (SLENA)- Amidst widespread concerns over the reopening of schools across the country, the Deputy Director of Education, Port Loko District, Brima Taimu Koroma, has said that the scheduled date for the Basic Education Certificate Exams (BECE) is 24th March 2015 and that pupils that have opted for the exams should resume schooling on Monday 16thMarch.

Meanwhile, as the district education authorities intensify efforts to meet the deadline for the reopening of schools in the country, the National Primary Schools Exams (NPSE) results have been released with instructions to the various principals of schools to commence admission without any levy of school charges particularly for Government Assisted Schools following consultations with the Conference of Principals in the district.

In an interview with the Sierra Leone News Agency (SLENA), the Deputy Director Education said the completion of the decontamination and rehabilitation exercise that is to be done on those facilities that were utilized by partners in the Ebola fight is among the numerous challenges facing his directorate.

He further disclosed that a Training of Trainers’ workshop has recently been concluded for a total of 30 teachers drawn from the 11 chiefdoms in the district. He said those teachers are required to train another set of 750 teachers in turn. He went on to explain how his directorate has also trained teachers on the Ebola virus disease Prevention, Social Mobilisation, Psychosocial Counselling, Guidance Notes and Protocols, among others.

The Deputy Director added that over 15 schools were converted into either holding or treatment centres while a few more were used as security bases. According to him, the first step in the campaign for the reopening of schools is to conduct an assessment of those facilities so as to have a clear picture of what is required in making them safe for the use of school pupils.

He said the availability of adequate storage facility for the large number of teaching and learning materials is another crucial challenge. This is against the concerns of parents over the reopening of schools in the district.

Credit SLENA

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