Govt of Sierra Leone Strategic Communication Unit: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 12 September 2021
The government of President Bio since its inception in April 2018, has scored monumental achievements and delivered on lots of manifesto promises.
Under his astute leadership, the people of this country have witnessed significant improvements in critical national development aspirations.
In the maiden edition of the Newsletter produced by the Strategic Communications Unit of the Ministry of Information and Communications, we highlight four areas: education, mining, health and security. In subsequent editions, we will focus on other areas of achievements.
There is no denying the fact that this is one sector that has witnessed a major turn around since the ascendancy of President Julius Maada Bio to power. He campaigned on a platform of checkmating the downward spiral education has taken over the decades and promised Free Quality Education. Indeed he has kept to his promise by making education the pivot his Human Capital Development program.
Under the adroit leadership of President Julius Maada Bio, 21% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product is allocated to education.
BASIC AND SENIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION
The Basic Entrance Certificate Examination results were released in record time to enhance quality education. This academic year, SSS1 pupils will have the opportunity to start school in the first term. The early release of BECE results will prevent teenage pregnancy. According to Dr. Sengeh, he was committed to eliminating the slogan “after BECE na beleh” and give girls the chance to be educated and waste no time.
The MBSSE has implemented a radio teaching service and also embarked on training of teachers.
More schools had 100% pass rate while less schools got 0% pass rate in the 2021 BECE. Schools reopened in time this year on Monday September 6, 2021.
President Julius Maada Bio commissioning 100 renovated and constructed schools in Gerihun.
The Ministry has deployed technology to improve learning such as the 846# to access dictionary on your phone, the 468 SMS facility to check results and placement in schools and also the 8060 toll free line to report and enquire on school activities.
The Ministry through the Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh on Thursday September 9, 2021 launched thirty (30) Early Childhood Development (ECD) centers across the country. This is to make provision for early learning and prepare the kids for entry into primary school.
The President of the Republic of Sierra Leone His Excellency Dr Julius Maada Bio on Friday September 10, commissioned 100 Junior schools that were built, renovated and reconstructed.
TECHNICAL AND HIGHER EDUCATION
Since 2018 technical and higher education in Sierra Leone has had impetus. This year, about six thousand one hundred and twenty five (6125) students applied for the Sierra Leone Government Grant-in-Aid in all 16 districts and two thousand seven hundred and fifty (2750) were awarded the scholarship. Unlike in the past when paper forms were filled, this year an online application portal system was used. Every District has a Scholarship Committee that includes ACC and CSO representatives.
Priority was given to students offering programs in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Mathematics (STEAM), Medicine, French and Tourism.
First year female students offering STEAM courses were granted government scholarship.
STEAM applicants for this year were 520 and all were awarded the scholarship.
100 teachers’ beneficiaries applied for the award and 90 were awarded.
The University Act 2021 has been signed by the President, therefore all universities will have their Chancellors as promised by His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio.