Neil Page, who was in the country to examine music exams, has commended the Ballanta Academy for its excellent work.
Speaking to Awoko in an exclusive, the music director says the academy has been doing a remarkable work in music education with little resources. He added that the academy has been able to do some good works
Mr Page avers that the purpose of his trip is to examine for the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music, based in London, “and I am delighted to be here at the Ballanta Academy in Freetown. I believe I am the first music examiner to be in Freetown in ten years so I’m delighted to be here, it’s very special to be here.”
On the general assessment of Sierra Leonean students, the examiner explains that “I am not allowed to comment on the exams as they are supposed to be confidential. The standards we have set in Sierra Leone will be the same standards for Singapore, England or Australia but I can say I was well looked after and have extremely prepared candidates.”
The visitor said he was very pleased with the music industry in the country “and the prospect I think is the same I have noticed in the few African countries I have gone to examine: Accra, Uganda and Malawi. What struck me here in Sierra Leone equally is the wonderful singing.”
“There are wonderful singers here and I enjoyed their music,” he noted.