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GJUBS Holds Graduation Ceremony

Jul 14, 2008, 7:55 AM | Article By: By Bakary Samateh

The Garba Juhumpa Upper Basic School last Friday held its Graduation ceremony for the outgoing Grade 9 students for the academic year. The Ceremony was held at the school premises in Banjul.

Speaking at the Graduation ceremony, the Principal of the school, Mr. Louis Mendy asserted that the school was established in the year 1995 and temporarily located in Campama Lower Basic School operating mainly in the afternoon. He said in 1998 the construction of the permanent site was completed and the school inaugurated. He said the establishment and operation of the school was carried out by BCC as the public school was the result of the government blue print for individuals NGOS, and municipalities to complement the Government's efforts in providing quality, accessible and affordable education for the Gambian child.

Mr. Mendy pointed out that during the first year of operation the school absorbed spill in Banjul. " These were students who passed their grade six leaving certificate examination but could not secure admission in the school of their choice due to insufficient places. Later a sizeable number of students in Banjul were making the school their first choice," he said.

For his part, the co-ordinator of Humanity First and a computer teacher at Garba Jahumpa Upper Basic School, Mr. Mohammed Bangura, thanked the grandaunts and advised them to continue their education career in Information Technology. He said this part is just an elementary part so there is a need to go up to university level.

Mr. Bangura therefore promised the 10 most outstanding students among the gradients that his organisation will offer them a free scholarship to pursue their diploma course in Information Technology at Humanity First. He said that to compliment government efforts in making The Gambia the Silicon Valley of Africa, "Humanity First will embark on a program that will make sure that any student who passes through the Garba Juhumpa Upper Basic School should have the knowledge to use a computer," he said.

The Graduation Ceremony was graced by National Assembly Members; Ward Councillors, students, parents, the Major of Banjul Samba Faal and also a drama troop from the school.