Unequal distribution of textbooks in Sierra Leone – parliamentary education committee chair blasts

Kandeh Sesay: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 11 February 2020:

Dominic Lavalie Tshombe MP, the Chairman of Basic Education and Senior Secondary Schools Committee in Sierra Leone’s Parliament, has expressed disappointment over the poor distribution of the Free Quality Education learning materials and books in the South and East of the country.

Dominic Tshombe MP disclosed that his committee has just completed an oversight investigation, funded by UNICEF – looking into the distribution of school materials, and to assess whether the books had reached the intended beneficiaries.

The Honourable MP further revealed that, the committee had during their oversight discovered that the Free Quality Education text books were not properly distributed.

He made special reference to Bo and Kenema Districts, noting that whilst most of the students in these regions received two to three text books, those in the North-West had received seven to nine text books respectively.

The Committee, according to the Chairman had also discovered that, there is no coordination and working relationship among the various Education stakeholders.

He cited the lack of reporting channels among stakeholders, and said that ego was driving the players responsible for delivering education services in the various regions.

This, according to chairman Dominic Tshombe MP, is seriously undermining the Free Education flagship programme of the President.

He urged the ministry of basic education to work assiduously to harmonise and give clear mandates to stakeholders, so as to discourage duplication of functions in the sector.

The Chairman implored all involved to view the Free Education programme as of national interest, meant to provide meaningful education for all children of the country.

The Minister of Basic Education – Dr. David Moinina (Photo) Sengeh, said that his ministry is currently working hard with his management to put proper policies in place, that will serve as a guide for the smooth operation of the education sector in the country.

He acknowledged the lapses in the distribution of text books in Bo and Kenema, and assured MPs that he will do all within his power as a new Minister to solve the problem.

Minister Sengeh stated that as a new comer, he also noticed that the contractors that are responsible for distributing books in the South-East had serious challenges, during the distribution exercise.

The Minister disclosed that fire emerging from the trucks that was distributing the books to the South-East had engulfed most of the books meant for those regions.

Minister Sengeh confirmed that sufficient books are now in their stores, ready for distribution to all schools in the South-East.

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  1. It doesn’t get much worse than this folks. A few days ago,a friend of mine,almost got crushed in a stampede – people were running, and frantically screaming, “FIRE ooooh, FIRE ooooh FIRE, fire,oooooooh fire – Run my neighbours,Run,the SLPP Books distribution trucks are totally engulfed with smoke and Fire.” (lol)

    Goodness gracious!This inadequate government still doesn’t even know how to devise, maintain and decisively implement sustainable strategies that would make their poorly implemented, Free Quality Education Programme work and function properly, with efficacy and great ease for the benefit of all.

    They are overspending budgets by billions of Leones, stealing donated rice and selling it for profit, accepting bribes to the tune of 1.5 million dollars, yet these kleptomaniacs can’t afford to buy some cheap, dependable trucks that will facilitate the distribution of textbooks at a rapid, smooth and convenient pace. You think that is deplorable, huh? Well, I’ve got news for you; it is not only the Book trucks that are on fire, but every policy, idea and plan that this SLPP government has created and put in place since they took over the reins of power.

    Let that sink in! And remember, they are habitual liars who love to grumble – liars with pants always burning with fire – men who mumble, struggle and create trouble, while clinging on to power.(lol) Rising Sun Will Rise Again.

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