Huge Challenges For Free Education -Educ. Minister Confesses


By Aruna Rashed Toma Bangura

The Minister of Basic and Secondary Education, Lawyer Alpha Osman Timbo has, at a press conference held at the Ministry of Education, intimated journalists that the Ministry currently faces numerous challenges following the start of the free quality education scheme.

The Ministry, he said, has discovered that a good number of government and government assisted schools lack adequate school materials, including furniture, as the number of intake per classroom has increased drastically. The Minister said there are also complaints about inadequate classrooms and the urgent rehabilitation of some school buildings.

The Minister however assured the public that before the first phase of the free quality education scheme ends, the Ministry would have addressed these challenges. He further affirmed that there was a large turnout on the first day of school, adding that parents, teachers and pupils were seen in a very happy mood on that day.

According to one concerned teacher at the Rokel Government Secondary School, it will be impossible for all schools to operate in the one-shift system. Mr. Sesay further disclosed that the school is facing major challenges regarding inadequate classrooms and trained qualified teachers to handle core subjects.