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In Sierra Leone, Education Minister May Face Parliament
By Aruna Turay
Mar 4, 2011, 18:46
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The Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Minkailu Bah, will soon be summoned by Members of Parliament for questioning, if he fails to urgently and adequately address burning issues affecting the girl child education project in Sierra Leone.

 

In a parliamentary sitting on Thursday 3rd March, 2011, the Speaker of the House Honourable Justice Abel Stronge instructed SLPP Hon. Robin Fallay of Constituency 07 in the Kailahun District to summon Mr. Minkailu Bah to parliament on two issues.


The first one brought by Hon. Fallay was in line with Standing Order 23. According to the MP, subsidies for the girl child project which were allocated to the Minister of Education in 2010 to help with the fees of female pupils at Junior Secondary School (JSS) level are yet to be paid to schools in his Constituency in Kailahun.


Hon. Fallay told the House that in 2010 he held a meeting with the minister on the issue where he promised to look into it and ensure that the money reached the target group. But to my dismay since then, not a single cent has been paid to any of those schools, he told colleagues.

 

The second issue that might drag Minister Bah to parliament is that of the 50% funding allocation to the West African Examination Council (WAEC) to help with payment of fees for first timers in public examinations. Here also, Hon. Fallay charged that officials of WAEC are highly concerned about payment and if these monies are not paid within the shortest possible time it has a very high tendency to hinder the conduct of the forthcoming NPSE. He recalled an instance in 2010 when such ugly occurrence affected the NPSE in his district in the late receipt of examination papers by the examination body. This resulted to bad performance by the pupils in the exams, he noted.

 

It will be recalled that the MP, since his election in 2007, has consistently been a champion of the rights of his constituents to good education.


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