Information Minister sets foundation for free education


May 30, 2018 By Mohamed Massaquoi

Mohamed Swarray (standing) addressing lectures at Njala University

As President Julius Maada Bio flagship free and quality education nationwide is set to commence this September, the Minister of Information and Communications and staff of his ministry have embarked on facility assessment of internet connectivity at educational institutions in the east and southern regions of the country to enhance e-learning.

While addressing educationalists about government commitment to not only free education but quality standards in the educational sector, Minister Mohamed Raman Swaray said his ministry would work in concert with the Sierra Leone Cable Network to connect all campuses to enhance research and e-education.

‘’With an intensified ICT, our students will access international lectures to brace up with best practices,’’ he said, adding that he knew there were many challenges, but the government under President Bio was determined to tackle the issues and effect change that would enhance the facilities and ensure support to education that meet international standards, allowing for students to compete with foreign students for jobs and scholarships internationally.

He added that plans were underway to overhaul the ICT sector, which he said would improve education via e-learning and strengthen research in different fields of study.

The minister and entourage were taken on a facility assessment tour of the internet connectivity equipment sites and other learning facilities, including libraries and computer labs of the various educational institutions.

Managing Director of the Sierra Leone Cabling Network (SALCAB), Mohamed Sheriff said, “The world is a global village, if you compete, you just don’t compete in the size of your country, but in knowledge. He said the connectivity of the educational institutions was just a pilot project sponsored by the World Bank.