-plan to invest heavily in education
March 22, 2017 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
As Sierra Leone braced up for the March 2018 multitier elections, the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) continues to provide certificates to new parties that want to contest the elections.
One of such parties is the National Progressive Democrats (NPD), who received registration certificate from the PPRC on February, 14, this year, thus giving them the green light to start designing strategies to lead the country to a promise land.
According to the party’s Policy and Membership Director, Jesmed Foday Suma, they were committed to defend, protect and promote the interest of every Sierra Leonean, irrespective of tribe and region.
During a presser in the conference room of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) yesterday, he accused the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) and the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) for the backwardness of the country, adding that they have all what it takes to change the status-quo.
He said because they strongly believed in the progress of the people, the party’s policies, both domestic and foreign, would be formulated exclusively in the economic and social interest of the masses.
“Our development is broad base. Our first fundamental pillar of development is to unite the country, strengthen our freedoms, particularly economic freedom and ensure that justice prevails,” he said.
Mr. Suma opined that the abysmal state of the current education system requires an immediate attention, which was why they would invest heavily in the sector to save it from the current state of failures, when they shall have assume office come 2018.
“We already have the right policy guidelines on how we plan to drastically improve on our educational system within five years. Our goal is to invest heavily in education with an acute sense of urgency to achieve sustainable economic development,” he noted.
Because the present educational demands cannot be met by the usual conventional means of funding, the NPD strongman said they would come up with additional funding mechanism and increase funding for education to a minimum of $120 million a year.