MP for Constituency 07 Kailahun District Hon. Robin Farlay has called for the sacking of the Education Minister, Dr. Minkailu Bah.
The MP made his call because of the abysmal performance of the National Primary School Examination results where some 25,000 pupils failed with 75,000 passing the Government 230 mark. The highest score was 369 far below the scores in the previous years.
Speaking on the phone to Awoko from his Constituency on Friday, the MP supported his earlier skepticism which he had raised in Parliament about the poor conduct of the NPSE exams in certain areas.
He referred to the Minister as unfit to oversee the Ministry of Education. “I knew that the results were going to be bad because they were sat to under poor conditions”
Hon. Farlay also re-acted to the abysmal performance saying it is an embarrassment to the parents and a disappointment to those children that failed. He feared that most of the plight of those children that failed would be bleak as some “are going to be drop outs, some are going to be forced in to early marriage as parents could not afford to send their kids back to School”
He reiterated his call for the Minister’s replacement stating that since he took over as Education Minister, standards in education have fallen and performances in public exams have become abysmal. He therefore blamed him and the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) for the poor conduct of public exams and also lack of monitoring of the exams.
Hon. Robin Farlay was the MP that moved a motion in Parliament for the Education Minister to be invited and answer to certain questions about the poor conduct of the NPSE exams.
He reported to Parliament that exams conducted in areas like Pendembu, Segbwema and Koidu started late and continued till night necessitating the use of candles.
He also reported that the shifting of the date for the exam from Friday to Saturday was not communicated to the poor little kids and it created great discomfort to those who had travelled miles to the exams centers.
By Ishmael Bayoh