Former Education Official Testifies in Oley Sey's Case
Dec 31, 2008, 6:00 AM
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Pa Harry Badjie remembers his conversation with the Catholic Education Secretary, Emil Kujabi when the task was given to him to head the school at Kartong then Emil Kujabi said to him; "Now prove yourself, here is the challenge." This statement has since been the motivating factor to his continuous stride to development in line with the Millennium goal. "Thank you Mr. Kujabi for this, it keeps making me strong every day," Pa Harry said.
Pa Harry Badjie addressing his fellow principals and those in the same profession said, "Life is full of opportunities which will be open to anyone to receive and merit, that they may begin to appreciate your innate worth and offer the same compassion and respect that you would give to others."
other far away schools,
"I am also delighted to announce that no sooner than later, more Solar panels will be mounted for 24 hours. I believe that Charging of mobiles, lights in staff houses and computer would be in full use soon. The Poultry house (project) is about to start and the building is ready. A new and well built toilet with a reserve tank is now on going and would be completed soon." He was happy to report that girls' enrollment is more than boys comparatively. In 2005/2007 boys numbered to 338 and girls were 352."
constraints, life does not go without such as many other schools would be
He says, "No matter how best you have or want to achieve your goals there are bound to be constraints or short comings. Some of which are: The lack of an equipped Home Science classroom for better results. We lack a computer laboratory to enable our students acquire computer skills, especially when we are expecting solar power. There is a very big need to have a Science laboratory, equipped to meet the needs of the children. We have provided Metal and Wood Work as subjects but there is no workshop formulated for that purpose. We need one to enhance a good practical knowledge to improve on their skills for a better future. We badly need to extend the solar light from Grades 1 to 4." Pa Harry Badjie stressed for some minor improvements which he said would be seen only when people come to visit the school and decide to give a help in hand especially citizens and those who passed through the school and are now in responsible positions and or are out of the country. "My development drive of the school must be shared with parents in one way or the other in the community," he said.
According to the hard working principal, the school registered some academic successes with the help of CES, REO, PTA who helped to create an ideal learning atmosphere for teachers and pupils. "With the lack of manpower resources and inadequate resources and many other problems my staff and I did not relent to let our children excel though we did not reach our desired goal but we are in the process of reaching it." He pointed out that the percentage passes in the years fluctuated. "In 2004/2005, we had 40% passes, (our first attempt), in 2005/2006 we had 45% passes and in 2006/2007, we had 61% passes. We keep progressing as years come and go," he said. Academic success he said is their priority and they would leave no stone unturned to reach their goal and "I ploy for your continued assistance."
Badjie says, "Before a baby walks he or she would have to place the hands on
the knees of someone first then can stand and walk." He thanked all that have
been helping the school in all capacity. He urged all philanthropists, citizens
of Kartong to take the challenge and develop the school and their community. He
thanked Modou Lamin Jarjou living in
The Guest Speaker, Bai Matarr Drammeh resoundingly gave a flash back of the village and how schools were not many but with high corporation. "I gained admission abroad and went to study not as a "Bombster" but a learner. Life is not easy," he said.
Bai Matarr Drammeh, a native of Kartong and a highly educated man, said teachers teach everything but do not teach children how to find job. He said they would rather tell you all about how job can be acquired by "connection."
He advised that when finding a job one should first find out about the institution you want to be employed in. Try to know about the secretary and upon facing her ask about her family quoting names. She would direct you straight to the MD you are asking for. He further said that people should not just write, "Application for any vacant position," that it is wrong, "One should be specific," he said. He gave his experience on how he was taking newspapers from door to door in USA while he was studying and how his friend, Darboe had influenced him to leave the job and go for another. He thought packing books was heavy for him but Darboe convinced him and he stayed on. He said he told him a wanted a table and pen job, but it was not possible. In his boss absence they packed all books off as his master would do. The boss came back and was angry and said, why and how did you do that? After my explanation he gave me a table and chair to take charge of invoices. He cited his experience with his boss when he saw ghettos in a developed nation and said, "We owe it to ourselves to develop."
said he told his wife he wanted only 250 Dollars to return home to The Gambia
and leave them there. And he made it through on his return. He talked about his
successes ranging from the repairing of the
given to the Nursery, Lower Basic and the