To Boost Free Education… 90 Containers To Arrive Soon

 

By Aruna Rashed Toma Bangura

The Coordinator of the free quality education scheme, Amara Sowa has at a press conference disclosed that ninety containers of teacher’s guide and pupils handbooks will arrive at the Queen Elizabeth II Quay within the next couple of weeks.

Upon arrival, he said, the items will be distributed by ‘Leh Wi Lan,’ an organisation funded by DFID.

Added to that, Mr. Sowa further informed that the government has allocated the sum of Le69.9 billion for the implementation of the school feeding programme which, he said, has commenced in selected vulnerable areas in Pujehun, Falaba and Kambia.

The Catholic Relief Service (CRS), he said, will launch its US$25 million school feeding programme in Kabala on the 28th November 2018. The government, he further stated, has allocated Le 28,050,600,000 as school fees subsidy paid to over 4,023 (Four hundred and twenty three thousand schools) for both primary and secondary schools, Le 3 billion for furniture for ninety schools.

The Assistant Director of Procurement, Mr. Mohamed Kallon disclosed that they have concluded and gotten approval from NPPA for the procurement of textbooks, adding that the Minister of Basic and Secondary Education is not in any way involved in the procurement of textbooks as perceived by detractors in the social media.

Currently, Mr. Kallon said the government has paid backlog payment to contractors for supply of diet to government boarding schools, adding that the school feeding scheme targets over 428,000 children countrywide and that some 90,000 pupils have already benefited from the scheme.
The Chairman of Public Accounts Committee on Basic and Secondary Education, Hon. Dominic J. Lavalie of Constituency 098 informed that 21% of the 2019 budget has been allocated to the free quality education programme, adding that so far, there has been some significant achievement in that direction. The funds for the scheme, he said, were provided by the government without any donor support, adding that the Ministry has deployed staff countrywide to monitor the scheme.