In the APC manifesto, the party says education is the top most priority if Sierra Leone is to succeed. Sierra Leone, once a pioneer in education and the envy of the sub region formerly known as the “Athens of Africa”, now finds itself in a deepening crisis that has undermined the very foundation of its educational system.
Teaching and learning in many schools in Sierra Leone are at a minimal level principally because of poor classroom conditions, insufficient learning materials, lack of adequately qualified, well compensated and committed teachers.
The APC considers education as the most important vehicle through which Sierra Leone will develop its human resources.
An APC government will therefore facilitate, encourage and provide adequate and appropriate education. It will promote training and enforce discipline within all educational institutions so that the young will derive the best benefits to equip themselves as responsible citizens for life.
Currently the educational system is characterized by lack of adequate schooling facilities; Lack of qualified and committed teachers; poor classroom conditions; insufficient teaching materials; poor conditions of service for teachers.
The objectives of an APC government will be to make education a right for everyone and accessible to all to enable the country meet the targets of the Millennium Development Goals.
Strengthen all legal, institutional and infrastructural frame work necessary for the enhancement of education.
Ensure that books and other school materials provided by government reach the target population.
Revive schools broadcast programmes for countrywide dissemination on regular basis to help with additional learning for pupils preparing for BECE and WASSCE Examinations. Community radios will be utilized for this purpose.
Support adult education programmes nation wide in order to combat the high incidence of illiteracy.
Provide adequate funding and making university education relevant to the needs of the nation.
Encourage and facilitate the establishment of libraries and a reading culture nationwide through: training more teachers and improving their conditions of service and at the same time make available relevant educational materials
Re-examining the whole educational system critically with a view to determining the effectiveness, appropriateness and relevance to our national development goals.
Strengthening the Inspectorate Division of the Ministry of Education and make it more effective.
Setting up adult educational centres in the urban and rural areas and effecting compulsory education up to JSS 3, and also revising remuneration of teachers’ package across the board.