October 9, 2015 By Jariatu S. Bangura
Parliament yesterday approved Dr. Staneala Madie Beckley as new chairperson of the Sierra Leone Teaching Service Commission.
Dr. Beckley started her teaching career at the Collegiate Boys Secondary School, where she taught English and French from 1969-1971.
She later became Head of French Department at the Milton Margai Teachers College from 1981-1991, and Chief of Education, UNICEF Nigeria Country Office from 1991-1995.
She proceeded to Pakistan, where she serrved as Chief of Education for UNICEF from 1995-2001.
She also served as UNICEF Regional Chief of Education for the Middle East and North Africa from 2001-2005.
Madam Beckley served as UNICEF Regional Chief of Education for West and Central Africa from 2005-2008 and retired that year, but was appointed Interim Chief Education in Iraq.
In an interview after her approval, Madam Beckley said she had a number of strategies to implement at the Teaching Service Commission with a view to enhancing good service delivery system in all schools nationwide.
“Having served in the teaching field for good twenty years, I know the issues faced by teachers across the country and I will try my best in making sure that their needs are met. I will reinforce that by holding regular consultations with teachers and other educational authorities to chart the way forward and to find sustainable solutions to the challenges facing the educational system,” she said. “This I believe will enhance service delivery for better education in our country.”
Madam Beckley said her first priority would focus on the recruitment process in schools, especially committed teachers who are least qualified.
Opposing lawmaker, Hon. Komba Koedoyoma urged the new Teaching Service Commission boss to help raise the standard of education in the country, and to looked into the recruitment process of teachers.
He added that the remuneration of teachers should be paramount on her to do list as a good number of teachers were not receiving the actual salary.