The Minister of Education Science and Technology Dr Minkailu Bah has acknowledged the spate of “indiscipline” in the universities of Sierra Leone.
He said this at the annual Speech Day and Prize Giving Ceremony of the Bo School. He said that the matter of “cheating in education” has become so alarming such that the spill over effect is beginning to show on our education especially in the secondary school sector of our educational system. People in institutions have failed in discipline for favour or various reasons.”
He said that he was aware of the “crucial role the university can play” in the education of a nation. This indiscipline nature in our universities he said is responsible for students having taken examination malpractice as a culture.
Added to that he said was cultism, which is really taking the useful time of students there and which he said has started showing up in our secondary schools. He however pointed out that the university should be “an embodiment of lofty ideas” but that he does not know why the turn around in the principal motive of our universities. Education he admitted “is the greatest legacy to leave for a child.”
TheMinister however appealed to the present Bo School boys to deny cheating in education as this will not help unless for the cheating to later show in the performance of the boys in future.
He took the opportunity to admonish them on the need for “attitudinal change” in our educational sector also. The boys he said should change their attitude so that we have a better human resource in our country.”
“We need an attitudinal change that will instill in all Sierra Leoneans commitment to their work.” The change he said was necessary so as to “reverse all…that caused the war.” He said that there was need for the children of Sierra Leone to receive an education that will reflect our good cultural practices.
He said that the school pupils should grasp the opportunity of living in an age of science and technology. With science and technology he said that this ugly trend could be reversed else the doom of ‘insecurity and economic collapse.”