January 30, 2015 By Jariatu Bangura
Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) Member of Parliament for Constituency 70 in the Bo district has questioned the standard of education in the country, thus urging government – through the Ministry of Education – to promote quality education across the country.
Hon. Mohamed A. Tholley was speaking while contributing in the debate on the Presidential Address this week in Parliament. He said the state of education in the country is anything but quality, compared to the 80s, as he slammed the much maligned 6-3-4-4 system of education in the country.
“The government has gone through a lot of challenges in addressing the standard of education in the country, instead there are [still] problems regarding the qualification of lecturers, teachers, among others, to strengthen the system of education nationwide,” the opposition lawmaker said, adding that the issue of the child discipline or the lack of it was also to blame for the poor quality of education.
He noted that professional misconduct and low subsidy for girls in schools, which most times do not reach the beneficiaries, are among myriad reasons for the drop in standards among students.
Hon. Tholley maintained that the two-shift system also affects girls disproportionately, while the proliferation of private schools should be looked into properly.
He concluded that corporal punishment should be reintroduced in schools, and called for strict and fair recruitment of teachers and the abolition of the two-shift school system.