July 10, 2015 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
The National Commission for Children Wednesday (8 July) assembled head boys and girls from various junior and senior secondary schools in Freetown to discuss the issue of the promotion of quality basic education in the country.
The dialogue forum, held at the conference hall of Government Rokel Secondary School at Tower Hill, provided participants the opportunity to share ideas and challenges inhibiting the promotion of quality basic education in Sierra Leone.
During the plenary session, participants were bold enough to cite, among other things, harassment from teachers for sex for grades, pupils in the habit of playing truancy, and teachers not being punctual, as some of the issues impinging on the advancement in quality education in schools.
NCC Commissioner, Olayinka Laggah, said their engagement with head boys/girls of schools was part of their operational plan this year, and that they targeted the participants because they are leaders in their respective schools and could be able to propel discussion on the issue.
She encouraged participants to feel free in bringing out issues that are affecting the promotion of basic quality education in Sierra Leone in a bid to finding a lasting solution.
Ms. Laggah stated that the commission was established primarily to advise the government on problems affecting the welfare of children in the country.
Chairman Conference of Principals, Sylvester Meheux, who spoke on the concept of quality education, said quality education is the transmission of values to pupils in order for them to acquire the right knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the future.
“Quality education is the walking stick to freedom. There has been lots of improvement in the education system, but we still have few people who want to water down the system,” he said and encouraged participants to take their academic work seriously.