one teachers in the Region five educational directorate, last week held their
annual cluster bantaba at Ndikirikunda Lower Basic School in Central River
Region-South Upper Fulladou West District.
Addressing the participants, the regional education director Ousman Bah spoke extensively on the significance of the forum, saying the convergence aimed at bringing the cluster one teachers together to share experience, learn from one another and to ensure the development of the cluster.
Mr. Bah emphasised that staff, parents and children should know their responsibilities in the school system, saying no school can function effectively if one of these parties fails to function. “Therefore, you are equally important in the schools and all of you cannot be leaders. There must be a head teacher who should be given maximum respect,” he said.
He said the school staff must work collectively and equally work with the community as they have their representatives in the school that takes care of the affairs of their children.
Region 5 school feeding focal person Tunkang Conteh said many schools in the region have benefited from the school meal programme, explaining that seven schools have cash based transfer. “These schools are given physical cash to purchase foodstuffs and the smallest amount each school gets is D56.000.”
He enjoined head teachers to open school meal accounts at the Gambia Teachers Union Credit Union so that it would ease their cash base transfer.
Mr. Conteh said all schools should setup a School Food Management committee (SFMC) to manage the daily feeding for pupils, saying the Board will comprise five people from the community and the school.
The cluster monitor Musa Bah implored on the teachers to work collectively for effective service delivery in the schools.