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Teachers sensitized on drug control Act and health care services

Mar 25, 2015, 10:53 AM | Article By: Abdou Rahman Sallah

The cluster monitor for Albreda cluster has underscored the importance for teachers to be aware of the national drug enforcement Act and public health safety to enhance effective teaching and learning.

The goal is to help teachers desist from drug cases, to accelerate MoBSE efforts of attaining 820 contact hours in education.

Pa Modou Sallah was speaking recently at Aja Fatou Bojang Upper and Senior Secondary School in Albreda Upper Nuimi in the North Bank Region at a day’s sensitization meeting with over 142 teachers.

He said the meeting would help to create more awareness on the procedures, and advocated for teachers to change their attitude and behaviour on the drug-related issues, and for timely treatment of children at health facility to enhance productivity and performance.

The objective is to clear misconceptions surrounding the work of the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA) and health service delivery to maximize protection and coordination.

 Modou Touray, a retired educationist, in a powerpoint presentation dilated on the importance of human resource management, principles of code of conduct, promotion, posting, transfers, and service confirmation.

He called on teachers to uphold the principles and regulations governing workers as enshrined in the General Orders.

Samba Jammeh of the NDEA, said the government is committed to the fight against drugs and related issues, so as to boost national security and peace-building.

He hailed the cluster monitor for the foresight in building collaboration between his office and teachers, adding that it contributes to halting the practice.

Alieu Joof, officer in-charge of Albreda Health Centre, said malaria remains a public health concern and called for the concerted efforts of teachers to educate children on the preventive methods.

Dembo Senghore, cluster chairperson of school management committee, commended the forum as it would help teachers to adhere to the drug Act.

Lamin S Jawara, cluster monitor Njaba Kunda Cluster, stressed on the performance monitoring scheme to attain performance and contribute to attainment of quality education.

He reminded teachers of the functions and roles of cluster monitors in the school system.

Alasana Mendy of Kerr Dembo Holley spoke on the importance of proper dress code in schools by teachers, adding that research has shown that a proper dress code enhances performance.

The forum was the first of its kind to be organized in the cluster to strengthen solidarity with security forces and health care service providers.