The presidential spokesman of the All People’s Congress (APC), Hon Alpha Kanu, has said the 6-3-3-4 system of education serves as a sieve through which dropouts are manufactured.
He made that statement in a programme for manifestoes presentations of political parties, organized by the National Commission for Democracy (NCD) at the Miatta Conference hall in Freetown.
Hon. Kanu noted that, “when the APC takes over office we will review the [educational] system so that it will no longer serves as a sieve for dropouts”.
He added that the APC would increase efforts in the introduction of free and compulsory basic education for all, including the girl child in every region of the country.
The presidential spokesman maintained that, “the APC will increase investment in our universities and colleges so that more people making grades can have a fair chance to succeed in life”.
In this respect, he noted, certain matriculation requirements of achieving very high grades in English to qualify for enrolment in the science and technology disciplines would be reviewed to attract more science and technology graduates.
According to him, the APC would establish a university in all four regions, adding that the party would also lay emphasis on the introduction of information technology and computing in all secondary schools as part of the regular curriculum.
Hon. Kanu maintained further that, “we as a party, recognize that computer literacy is a necessary prerequisite in modern day education”.
He noted that the APC would invest in increased teacher training; provide the conducive environment for teachers to work in the remotest of villages in the country.
The APC presidential spokesman stated that the party will reintroduce school feeding programmes in the country in order to induce children to go to school.
In her statement Diana Konomanyi, the APC chairperson Eastern region, said “the east will be treated as an educationally disadvantaged zone of the country which was not so before but painfully, “this is the present reality”.
She maintained that educational infrastructure in Kono, Kailahun and Kenema districts remained largely in shambles.
“The APC is now conducting an enumeration of primary and secondary schools in the eastern region for the purpose of ascertaining most urgently required interventions,” she declared.
Wrapping up the manifesto presentation, the chairman of NCD George C Taylor said “these interactive sessions will include all the political parties involved in the elections”. He added that the aim of the presentations was to discuss party manifestoes to the public.
He appealed to political parties to concentrate on issues rather than attacking personalities, and urged the media to grant equal access to all political parties.
Today, the SLPP will present its manifesto followed by PMDC and others.