September 9, 2016 By Joseph S. Margai
Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Minkailu Bah has told journalists that his ministry would no longer be in charge of recruiting teachers in both government and government assisted schools across the country.
Addressing journalists last week at his New England Ville office, Dr. Bah disclosed that the Teaching Service Commission, which would be in charge of recruiting teachers, was inaugurated about three weeks ago and that commissioners have been interviewed and approved by Parliament.
“The issue of teachers has been a very difficult one for the ministry. Since I came to this ministry, I’ve been battling with it. People have given me all sort of names but I accepted them because I’m doing what is right for the development of this country,” he said.
Section 9 Subsection (2f) of the Teaching Service Commission Act of 2011 states that it shall be the function of the Commission to recruit, promote, post, transfer, and dismiss teachers in government and government assisted schools.
Meanwhile, Dr.Minkailu expressed that he was now a relieved man because the issue of teachers would no longer be taken to him, reiterating that the ministry has inaugurated the Teaching Service Commission which would now be responsible for the management of teachers.
“The recruitment, deployment, retirement, dismissal, transfer of teachers would now be the responsibility of the Teaching Service Commission. If journalists and other members of the public want to know about issues of teachers, they should go to the Commission,” he said.
He said the commission has a very versatile chairperson and that the profile of the commissioners showed that they would bring sanity to the teaching profession in the country.
“Council of Principals, Sierra Leone Teachers’ Union, Head Teachers Council, and Conference of Principals are represented at the Commission. It is hoped that these people can seek the interest of their teachers,” he said.
However, many teachers that spoke to Concord Times expressed their gratification over the removal of their issues from the Minister of Education.
“This is welcoming news for us because in my opinion, I don’t think the Minister is capable of handling the affairs of teachers. I can categorically tell you that since Dr. Bah took up responsibility at that ministry, many heads of schools and their teachers have become tired with his administration,” said a principal who begged for anonymity.