Textbooks Distribution Starts Today


By Aruna Rashed Toma Bangura

The Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE) is expected to commence the distribution of core textbooks to government and government assisted schools today, Wednesday, 9th January 2019 in a bid to help the pupil’s performance particularly in core subjects.

The Public Relations Officer of the MBSSE, Brima Michael Turay intimated that the distribution of textbook will only be done to government and government assisted schools.

He said that there is going to be a penance for law breakers adding that parents must take full responsibility of these core textbooks which, he said, are very relevant for their children.

He emphasised that parents must ensure that these text books are not used to wrap cakes and groundnuts.

Brima Michael Turay warned teachers and parents that are in the habit of selling textbooks to desist from such act as according to him, “these books are not for sale.” Defaulters, he said, would face the full brunt of the law if caught selling the said books.

He disclosed that the Teaching Service Commission has received over 12,000 application forms from teachers that are trained and qualified to enroll into the teaching system.

He added that the Commission has approved 5,000 teachers in 2018 and is going to approve another 5,000 this year.

He averred that MBSSE is putting robust policies in place to improve on the conditions of service for teachers adding that teachers in rural areas will be receiving allowances as incentives.

Mr. Turay advised parents to ensure that their children take their academic work seriously adding that their continuous assessment will take them to the next level of the free quality education scheme.

He said a monetary strategy has been put in place to ensure that the text books have codes by districts to avoid misuse.

The distribution of the books, he said, will be done through the collaborative efforts of different sectors including civil society organizations.