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Pupils from 100 Primary Schools fail NPSE

August 23, 2019

By Mohamed Massaquoi

Education Minister Hon. Alpha Timbo explaining

Minister of Basic and Secondary School Education has disclosed that 8434 pupils from 100 primary schools across the country failed this year’s National Primary School Examinations (NPSE), adding that the ministry was contemplating on bringing   together head teachers of those schools to explain the circumstances leading to that massive failure.

Hon. Alpha Timbo made the disclosure yesterday at the weekly government press briefing hosted by the Ministry of Information and Communications, where he stated that 619 schools were entered for the exams.

He said a total number of 13, 526 pupils took the NPSE examinations and that 12,092 passed the said examinations.
He said government is committed to providing free quality education for Sierra Leonean children, which was the more reason the ministry vigorously monitored the NPSE exams.

It is about a year now since the free quality education programme was launched by President Bio to enhance the human capital development in the country. Over 1.5 million school children are expected to benefit from the free quality education initiative which was rolled out in September last year.

While launching the free quality education last year, President Bio emphasized on abolishing admission and school fees, provide core textbooks and provide funding for both the West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) and the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) as major package to the Free Education programme.

“I am pleased that the president has achieved 99.9% of his promise towards the Free Quality Education programme. The one percent has to deal with improving on the condition of service for teachers and government is strongly working towards it,” said the minister.

He added that the flagship programme that was launched at the Miata Conference Hall in Freetown on Monday, 20th August, was part of the government’s initiative, under the leadership of President Julius Maada Bio that will ensure increased access to government-assisted schools for all children from pre-primary to senior secondary levels across the country.

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