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Le500m spent monthly on Radio Teaching Program

January 12, 2014 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

Deputy Director of the School Broadcasting Unit and Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has revealed to Concord Times that the government is spending a whopping Le500 million monthly to have the radio teaching program for school pupils aired.

Responding to a question posed by this reporter during an exclusive interview at his New England Ville office in Freetown with regards criticisms from the public as to the effectiveness of the programme, Brima Michael Turay said the program has received international acclaim as prudent during an emergency.

According to him, most people, especially pupils who complain about the ineffectiveness of the program, don’t have time to listen to it, and lamented that the government is always blamed when things are not working properly.

He noted that they knew from the beginning that the program would not impact every kid in the country because not every child, especially those in the rural areas, have access to a radio and not all rural communities can have access to a radio frequency.

“Government is spending Le500 million a month to have the radio teaching program on air. It is now the responsibility of the parents and the pupils for whom this service is being provided to make good use of it. It is sometimes amazing and troubling when you hear parents saying the program is not effective but look at their children playing at the back yard. Whose responsibility is that,” he asked and stressed that it is the responsibility of parents to have their children sit down and listen to lessons aired on radio.

Mr. Turay stated that their partners are working assiduously with them to ensure that materials for the programme are reproduced and distributed to pupils in remote rural areas of the country, plus radios, adding that the ministry is doing their best to ensure the success of the program.

He ended by stating that part of the radio teaching program will be used to assess pupils for promotion to the next class, although they are aware not all of them have access to radio.

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