‘Radio and TV teaching programme to stay’


…Education Minister

OCTOBER 24, 2014 By Josephine A. Seppeh (intern)

Minister of Education, Dr. Minkailu Bah
Minister of Education, Dr. Minkailu Bah

Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Minkailu Bah, has said during the weekly Ministry of Information and Communications press briefing in Freetown yesterday that the radio and television programme for teaching school pupils is here to stay even after the Ebola virus disease would have been contained.

Dr. Bah said radio and television teaching, introduced because schools are currently closed as a result of the Ebola outbreak, has received numerous good appraisals from the public and that the ministry is in talks with UNICEF to procure solar powered radio that would be transmitted countrywide.
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He disclosed that the proposed radio station will have the ability to record lessons in schools with pupils having the opportunity to listen to the replay at their leisure time.

He conceded that though not 100%, his ministry has tried its bit to get the radio and television teaching rolling, with positive feedbacks from professors, parents and even pupils that the initiative is good.

“I have many text messages sent by pupils around the country that they are learning faster than when they were in schools,” he said.

He added that the idea of radio and television teaching was not initiated by him alone, as he had engaged the Conference of Principals, who nominated teachers who are participating in the programme.

He said the ministry also partners with the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) to broadcast the programmes live on all radio stations across the country.

Meanwhile, he disclosed that he has discovered another issue that poses a problem to education in the country, following his arguably successful war against ghost teachers. “I have taken notice of another ghost in the system called ghost certificate,” he said.