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NA select committee on education visit schools

Oct 28, 2019, 1:53 PM | Article By: Njie Baldeh

As part of their oversight function, National Assembly Select Committee on Education, Training and ICT conducted a five-day visit to schools in region two and four to find out their challenges.

Must of the schools visited complaint lack of adequate drinking water, shortage of furniture, late payment of School Improvement Grant (SIG), lack learning materials and  inadequate teachers.

Yaya Cassama, National Assembly member for Kaing East and chairman of the Select Committee on Education, Training and ICT said the objective of the visit is to see fore themselves, conditions prevailing at the schools, adding that it is about trying to establish the issues that affect the delivery  of quality education in the schools.

Mr Cassama said during the visit, they have asked many questions on issues affecting education, especially the delivery of quality education. “At the end of this tour, the committee will sit down and prepare a report that will be presented to the National Assembly. it will contain some recommendations that we would want the ministry of Basic and Secondary Education to implement.

He said the complements highlighted by school authorities are also the same since the started in Jarra East, saying he think the ministry of Basic and Secondary Education is aware of most of those challenges. So as a committee, we will prevail on the Ministry to look at the issues carefully and make practical efforts to solve them. according to him, the initial intention was to cover all the regions, but the challenges are many ranging from logistics problems to other issues, which made them to divide the tour into two phases. He said phase one will cover region 1 to 4 and the second phase, which will be coming later, probably in early February will cover region 5 and 6. He thanked all the institutions visited for their cooperation and for providing factual information to the select committee