In its report on the ‘Education and the IMF in Sierra Leone’, Actionaid reveals that government’s commitment has played a major role in the revitalization and rapid recovery of the education system in the country.
The report states that after the civil war in the country, the educational system in the country has remarkable recovery with the abolishing of the fees for all children in primary schools and also the introduction of free primary education policy in 2001 and the free education policy for girls in junior secondary schools in the northern and eastern regions.
It states that government abolished the payment of school fees, yet the rate at which children access education is still not a reality because primary education is not still free due to the fact that many schools impose lot of extra charges to pupils’ families.
It is also revealed that 25-30 percent of primary school aged children are not in school and therefore these children have to be enrolled and also to maintain them in these schools.
By 2001/02 and 2004/05 due to the commitment of government and the right policies put in place, enrollment of students increased as it doubled to 1.3 million.
To attain education, the teachers also have a crucial role to play as they both have the knowledge and motivation. According to the report, it’s discovered that 30% of primary school teachers are not satisfied with their work, added to this is the low salaries, unfair recruitment policies, poor working and living conditions. A dreadful lack of in-service training opportunities is also another factor which is leading to high teacher attrition rate as most of them leave the profession after only few years.
Enrolling students in these schools is not enough but they should be provided with enough materials and they should be within a well structured learning environment which is dedicated to achieving quality learning outcomes, the report maintains.