The Ministry of Senior Secondary and Tertiary Education (MSSTE), on Thursday 30th January 2020, handed over airline tickets to Sia Senorita Quee and Iyesata Jalloh, who were awarded a scholarship to study in Belgrade, Serbia. The students will pursue their masters’ degrees at Belgrade University for a year. Sia Quee will study Public Health and Jalloh will study Accounting, Audit, Business and Finance. Minister Aiah Gbakima advised the students to “study hard and make Sierra Leone proud… because you are ambassadors for yourself, your family and the country.” He said, “Try to be together and help each other…” He also warned them not to get pregnant or break the law. “We have quite a challenge in Sierra Leone. You hardly find people who have done a bachelor’s degree and are below 25 years. We ware lucky to have two young ladies who are under that age and they are qualified,” the Minister said. “This is not the first time, the last time, we had scholarships from Morocco, and out of the 13 that were left 11 were females. We want to ensure that we give space to women… We are really appreciative of the fact that these two young ladies would be leaving.” Gbakima said apart from Sierra Leone Government annual allowance the scholarship covers fees, books, hostels and food. And also “they would have a monthly allowance of 15,000 RSD (Serbian Dinar)” or equivalent of $140 USD. Honorary Consul, Adonis Abboud, said 26 students will have scholarships. Two are from Sierra Leone and two are from Nigeria. Ghana and Suriname will also send 15 students each to Belgrade.
By Ophaniel Gooding
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