The Director of Basic Education at the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport East Peter Thomas has said that the female candidates in the East performed extremely well in the last NPSE as against their male counterparts. Adding that out of the 8,191 candidates that attempted the examination in the Eastern region 6,507 candidates passed with encouraging grades while 1,584 awfully failed the examination. Mr. Thomas disclosed that a girl named Mamie Isata Dauda and Samuel Sannoh of Henrietta Primary school in Kenema City scored the highest with 349 in the 2010 NPSE Examinations. The Director revealed that some NPSE results have not been released a situation he described as regrettable. Peter Thomas also said pupils in some outstanding private schools in the region performed extremely well as opposed to government assisted schools .
He however frowned at some schools in Kenema that performed poorly in the 2010 NPSE schools like the Methodist primary school, Saint Charles Luanga and Ahmadiyya Primary schools. He attributed overcrowding as a factor for mass failure in the last NPSE Exams especially in government assisted schools.
Speaking on the Prof. Gbamanja Commission of Inquiry Recommendations the Director of Basic Education Peter Thomas said it was set up by the government of Sierra Leone to look into problems affecting the educational system in Sierra Leone. He cited accommodation as a major challenge to the single shift system as recommended in the Commission Report adding it will create overcrowding in schools.
The Director refuted allegations levied against some school authorities in the region that they demanded the sum of 5,000 Leones from some parents for the collection of NPSE results on behalf of their children and however assured all of their commitment to investigate the allegations.