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Over Poor Conduct of NPSE ExaminationÖ: Education Minister to Face Parliament
By Theophilus S. Gbenda
May 12, 2009, 17:32
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Sierra Leone Peopleís Party (SLPP) Member of Parliament representing Constituency 07 in the Kailahun District, has told the Awareness Times newspaper that the way and manner in which the National Primary School Examination (NPSE) was conducted in the district left much to be desired.

Honourable Robin Faley

According to Honourable Robin Faley who has already brought the matter to the attention of the House of Parliament, the NPSE examination had a lot of ambiguities in terms of date and time, adding that the examination was supposed to have taken place on a Friday, but unceremoniously postponed to the following day.

This, Hon. Robin Faley said, seriously affected the children as they had prepared themselves for that particular day and that most of those who had to travel long distances to the examination centers went stranded as they couldnít make it back to their villages that day.

He referred to the situation as frustrating, saying the organizers waited until the children had gathered in anticipation to take their exams before rescheduling for the next day.

Even when the exams were deferred till the next day, Hon. Faley disclosed that some centers did not open till 12:00 noon whilst the one in Kailahun town opened at about 4:00pm and went right into the night.

With the absence of electricity, he said the centers that went into the night had to use touch lights and candles to enable the children to complete their examination.

"It was a very distressing experience for the children especially so when it was their very first public examination in their lives", Hon. Faley said, adding that "What was even pathetic was to see the children coming out of the examination hall weeping and looking badly shattered".

He further told Awareness Times that he is in the process of forwarding a formal complaint to the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Education, and that it is almost certain that the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Dr. Minkialu Bah, would be summoned to the House of Parliament to explain the reasons for the examination anomaly in the district and to explain reasons as to how he imagines children to come up with good results when they are subjected to the kind of unprecedented and inhuman treatment meted out on them in such important examinations.


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