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‘We will depoliticise the University’

-Vice President assures

June 6, 2018

By Ibrahim Tarawallie

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Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh

Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh has assured that the government was determination and ready to depoliticise the running of the University of Sierra Leone in order to ensure quality education and promote students’ unionism.

He was speaking to journalists last week at the Iftaar – fast breaking – organised by Muslim members of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists in Freetown.

According to the Vice President, the process of depoliticising public universities will be tied around decision-making and non-interference of government in the overall management and running of their affairs.

“The University Court will be provided the space to make decisions. Government will not interfere in the overall management of the university,” he said.

Dr. Jalloh said a comprehensive package would be finalised to improve teaching and learning environment for those lecturing in the university.

Since education is a topmost priority of the current administration, the Vice President stated that they were determined to force the reform through because of the overriding belief that human development was key to the development of a nation.

He noted that they would not only invest in free education from primary to secondary levels, but also avail resources to improve the conditions of service of teachers.

“Over the years, there has been a systematic decline in education and it became worse under the last administration. We believe that if we want to have quality education, there is need for good teachers. We will have a special incentive scheme to encourage science teachers to go and teach in remote areas,” he stated.

Vice President Jalloh also spoke about depoliticising the award of scholarship to students in tertiary institutions, adding that, one does not need to belong to a political party to have access to student grant-in-aid (SLG).

He assured that the award of SLG would be driven by competitiveness, wherein the best students would be given preference in a bid to encourage excellence at all levels of education.

“We are also working on crafting out a student loan scheme so that students will access loan to pursue education. The aim is to ensure every child go to school irrespective of their status or conditions of parents,” he added.

 

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