Services School Heads Speak on Free Quality Education
Mrs. Frances Koroma, Headmistress, for Services Children School Infant Girls and Headmistress for Services Children School Infant Boys, Mrs. Rosemarie Brima at Wilberforce Barracks in Freetown has spoken on the important and disadvantages of the Free Quality Education (FQE).
Responding to an interview with this medium at the school grounds in Freetown, Mrs. Frances Koroma said, teachers, parents, pupils and the Government should put hand on deck if the FQE to succeed, noting that Government cannot do it alone without the contribution of stakeholders.
He expressed sympathy that one her teacher who taught in the school for consecutive five years without pin code died recently, noting that she has two other teachers currently who are trying to secure pin codes. She frankly stated that the School Feeding Program has not yet reflected in the school, noting that they have been earlier informed that the School Feeding Program would start at the provinces where most vulnerable children are found before it may be replicated in Freetown.
The 30 years experienced teacher said untimely allocation of the Free Quality Materials especially books and other basic materials as one of their major challenges to implement the trumpeted FQE.
She frankly stated that some parents buy books in the street because, she said there were no books in the school and expressed frustration that they have no way to drive home those who could not afford to buy those books for the fact that her department deals with girls.
She further intimated that the children are ready and willing to learn but the lack of teachers normally stalled the teaching process and mentioned that most of the teachers have abandoned her school for private school to earn higher salaries.
She appealed to Government to give pin codes to teachers that have volunteers for many years and also encouraged Government to fulfill the promise of increasing teachers’ salary by April, 2020.
On he own side of the story, Headmistress for Services Children School Infant Boys, Rosemarie Brima said Free Quality Education means parents should not pay school fees, buy uniforms or books.
She noted that quality means teachers should be motivated so that they can teach the children as mandated, and bragged that she has qualified teachers who are knowledgeable in teaching.
The issue of exams malpractices climaxed the discussion as it has caused many people to graduate from higher institutions of learning with empty headed.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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