NOVEMBER 19, 2014 By Jariatu Bangura
In a bid to strengthen and promote education through radio and television teaching programmes, following the indefinite postponement of the re-opening of schools, universities and other tertiary institutions in the country, government has allocated Le60.1 billion to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to support nationwide schools feeding programme.
While reading the 2015 annual budget in Parliament last Friday (15 November), Dr. Kaifala Marah said the amount would be used to support nationwide school feeding programme to accelerate education through radio and television teaching programmes.
He added that with effect from next academic year, government would pay tuition fees for girls in Junior Secondary School.
He lamented the fact that the outbreak has had an adverse effect on the country’s development strides, not least loss of time in the learning process, delay in conducting public examinations such as Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), with the likelihood of school drop-outs and increase in teenage pregnancy, among others.
He said government would allocate an additional Le10.3 billion to scale up support to the girl child education programme.
“An amount of Le37.8 billion will be transferred to Local Councils to scale up procurement of teaching and learning materials, and disinfectant for schools, payment of tuition fees subsidy for primary school children and payment of examination fees for pupils taking NPSE and BECE and an amount of Le7.9 billion is also allocated to continue to pay examination fees for WASSCE,” he told lawmakers. “Grants to tertiary educational institutions, including tuition fee subsidy for students at University of Sierra Leone and Njala University will amount to Le 142.5 billion.”
He revealed that development partners are expected to contribute Le164.5 billion to support projects in the education sector.