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In Sierra Leone, Education International Commends SLTU
By Bampia Bundu
Jun 15, 2010, 17:14

Mr. Emanuel Fatoma, Senior Coordinator for Education International Africa Chapter has said that their mission to Sierra Leone was to show solidarity with the Sierra Leone Teachers Union (SLTU) in the ongoing negotia­tions with the Govern­ment of Sierra Leone on the service of teachers. He said they were also here to meet with the Ministries of Education and Labour to prove to them the strong existing solidarity with stakeholders in the country for the promo­tion of quality education.

He was speaking in commendation of the support and collaboration they got from the SLTU during their sojourn at a press conference held at the Labour Congress head­quarters in Freetown on Thursday 19th June 2010. He said there was need for stabil­ity in the educational sector and that any instability in the SLTU will affect education in the country.

Mr. Fatomna further noted that they were able to discuss a lot of issues with the Government ranging from poor conditions of service and the Teachers Service Com­mission that was to be estab­lished. He entreated that Teachers Unions must be autonomous and indepen­dent without interference from governments, adding that a num­ber of teachers work under poor condition of service. "Once the Teachers Service Commission comes into operation, it will address all of these issues, he expressed.

For his part, Labour Congress president Mr. Mohamed Deen admonished jour­nalists to work with the unions, noting that the media has been a very good friend to the labour movement in the country. "The press plays a vital role in the development of every nation," he said, noting that this is what is expected of the Sierra Leone society.

Education International last week concluded a three-day working tour to Sierra Leone. The team had the opportunity to pay courtesy call on the Ministry of Education Youths and Sport and also held fruitful discussions with the Parliamentary Oversight Commit­tee on Education as well as the Labour Min­istry. The delegations last call was to President Ernest Bai Koroma at his office at State House in Freetown.

Their tour was climaxed with the provision of scholarships to three female teachers undergoing training at the Eastern Polytechnic in Kenema with each receiving a cheque of worth Four Hun­dred and Fifty dollars in support of their educational careers.

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