-as he doles 200 scholarship
February 6, 2018 By Ibrahim Tarawalllie
Vice Presidential Candidate of the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) has called for collective efforts from every Sierra Leonean to ensure an improvement in the standard of education in the country.
Hon. Chernoh Ramadan Marju Bah was speaking on Sunday, February 4, while handing over scholarship to some 200 pupils from various secondary and primary schools within Constituency 126 and 128 in the Western Area Urban.
He stated that even though people cast the blame of poor standard of education solely on the government, the country has witnessed far more enrollment in schools since 2007.
He said pupils now have space and opportunity to go to school but stressed that the attitude of teachers and those conducting exams was pivotal to improving education in the country.
“People are still shifting the blame of the current state of education on the government. We all have to take responsibility. Our role as government is to make policies and monitor. Let us all do what we’re supposed to do in our little corner to improve education,” he urged.
The former Deputy Speaker of Parliament noted that it should be the responsibility of everyone to challenge students by allowing them to study hard to succeed in their examinations.
According to him, an improvement in education should be a team work of the government, school authorities, teachers and parents, as well as students.
While enjoining beneficiaries to continue to work hard in school to achieve success, Hon. Bah urged parents and guardians to play their own part because respect from the child and honesty from the parents account for sixty percent of the child’s success.
With regards the scholarship scheme, the APC vice presidential candidate stated that the scheme commenced in 2007 and would continue after the March 7 multitier elections.
“I started paying fees for people since I was going to school, using my lunch. These pupils are our asset. Let us take good care of them,” he said.
Earlier, Executive Director of Heal Salone, Joseph Sannoh, thanked Hon. Bah for the initiative and reckoned that if he became Vice President of the country, he would allow institutions to run independently without any interference.
“I urge you pupils to be always be grateful and not be ungrateful to him. Hon. Bah has passion for educational development,” he said and added that his support to pupils in education was devoid of politics.
The beneficiaries were full of praises for Hon. Bah and promised to continue doing well in school in order to be part of the scholarship scheme.
Each beneficiary received a pack, which contained school learning materials and Le200, 000 for school fee, amounting to Le100 million in total.