#Headlines

TRRC urges MoBSE, MoHERST to adopt April 10 or 11 a school holiday

Mar 16, 2022, 12:01 PM | Article By: Ali Jaw

The Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) and the Ministry for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (MoHERST) have been urged by the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) through its report to perhaps declare April 10 or 11 a national school holiday.

This, the Commission believes might be done in honour and remembrance of the students, as well as others, that were slain or massacred by the security forces, allegedly under the orders of the state on April 10 and 11, 2000, students' demonstration.

The TRRC report states: "The Ministries of Basic and Secondary Education and Tertiary Education should consider: Declaring April 10 or 11 a school holiday or to develop other arrangements to morialize the sad events and ensure a non-recurrence of what happened in 2000." 

These two education ministries have also been urged to put in place "mechanisms to (a) meet with student bodies annually to discuss issues of concern to the students, and (b) facilitate and enhance setting up an official channel of communication to deal with student complaints on a timely and effective basis."

TRRC also recommends for government as a whole to "set up a rehabilitation centre or a fund to provide medical assistance and support for victims who have been left permanently incapacitated (mentally and physically) as a result of this incident. 

It also recommends that the government "provide proper training to the security forces on crowd control (riot management), and all other relevant security and legal issues concerned with the management of violent demonstrations and riots. In addition, the government should provide the security forces with appropriate equipment and materials needed for demonstrations or protests of this magnitude."

Read Other Articles In Headlines
Seedy Sheriff Ceesay v2
Barrow commended for “steadfastness”
May 10, 2022, 10:57 AM

Seedy Sheriff Ceesay, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Coastal Security and Coastal Enterprise has commended President Adama Barrow for his steadfastness in his deliberation during his meeting with religious leaders and Banjul Muslim Elders on 2nd March 2022.

TRRC submits interim report to gov’t
Apr 30, 2020, 1:37 PM

The Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) on Wednesday, April 29 submitted its interim report to Government. At a small ceremony held at the Ministry of Justice, TRRC Chair Dr. Lamin Sise handed over copies of the report to Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou for onward transmission to President Barrow.

Sare Debo LBS
Sare Debo LBS risk losing 40 pupils
Jul 14, 2021, 12:02 PM

Information has reached to this medium that over 40 children have not reported to the Sare Debo Lower Basic School (LBS) in the Upper Fulladou West District, Central River Region north (CRR/s), causing a great concern to the school management.

Lamin Dibba
Minister describes POPs as hazardous to human
Nov 4, 2020, 12:42 PM

The minister of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources has warned that Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) are toxic chemicals that adversely affect human health and the environment around the world as they are transported by wind and water – meaning that they can affect people and wildlife far from where they are used and released.