The Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary School Education (MBSSE), David M. Sengeh, has said government spends Le150 billion on school subsidies every year to ensure the country’s future generation are placed on a well-informed platform. He disclosed this to journalists at the Ministry of Information and Communication press briefing yesterday Thursday 7th April 2021. This figure, according to the minister, has the tendency to increase per year.
David Sengeh said, government is doing this so children will be placed well as part of government’s manifesto commitment of ensuring the human capital of the nations next generation of leaders are developed in such a way that they will be able to take the country to a positive standing.
He noted that all government requires from parents and other citizens is that they must own all government programs, by taking full responsibility of their children’s education in particular.
Minister Sengeh told citizens to stop playing the blame game especially when government is focused on developing the human capital of the next generation, citing that as a nation it is about time everyone gets involved in building that future they would be proud of developing, rather than blaming government.
He said more than 80 per cent of school children are presently benefiting from the Free Quality Education program, the bus services, the learning materials, and school feeding programs in some schools, and based on the expected savings from such services provided by government, it is their expectation that parents would use monies saved from such on their children’s development.
David Sengeh said government’s focus has been to develop the children of this nation, and that a disconnect between Freetown and the rural provinces must not stop these opportunities from reaching others. He said work is being done to develop what he described as ‘Village School Policy’ to cater for and address issues of kids from remote areas accessing school facilities. MK/9/04/2021
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