Dr Minkailu Bah, the minister of Education Youth and Sports, has blasted parents and teachers for aiding and abetting examination malpractices in schools and tertiary institutions in the country.
Reflecting on his teaching and lecturing experiences at the launching ceremony of sensitization on promoting examination ethics yesterday at the Saint Anthony Parish, Brookfields in Freetown, the minister disclosed that parents were in the habit of influencing teachers and lecturers to promote their children.
He said he had been involved in examinations at an early age to date and that he had gone through a lot of temptations but remained uncompromised.
“Girls are even worse because they chase lecturers and teachers to their houses to get pass marks,” the minister revealed.
The 6-3-3-4 system of education, he said, would be reviewed to meet the expected standard of quality education for school children throughout the country.
He noted that, “under the 6-3-3-4 system of education there is mass promotion of undeserving pupils. If I hurt anyone on my stance to improve education in Sierra Leone, say whatever you want to… but my stance remain uncompromised.”
Dr Bah said with quality education, the hope of the country was children and he encouraged parents to invest in that direction.
“Examination malpractices start from NPSE, BECE, WASSCE to tertiary institution,” he concluded. Explaining the background of the programme, the head of WAEC’s national office, Sheriff Mohamed Sapateh maintained that in 1982 five member states setup the West African Examination Council to conduct credible examinations. In recent years, he said, candidates were involved in various forms of examination malpractices, such as bringing foreign materials into the examination hall, insulting invigilators, and impersonation. By Solomom Rogers