Hon. Robin Farlay yesterday raised disturbing concerns in Parliament about last weekend’s National Primary School Examination (NPSE).
Speaking under Standing Order 23, the MP explained that there were lots of confusions during the conduct of the exams in Segbwema and Kailahun respectively which he also described as being conducted in shambles in those areas.
He reported that pupils were not informed on the shift of the exams from Friday to Saturday and that those pupils that had to walk long distances to an examination center a day before the usual examination time had to spend another strenuous day.
The worst of it all he reported, was the late start of the examinations as exams in Kailahun started at 2pm whilst that for Segbwema began around 1pm. When the exams were started, he stated that it carried on till night.
He considered that mishap as distressing to the little kids that were taking their first public examinations in their lives as it will have to affect them adversely in their out put at the end.
He also explained that for one to prepare for an examination, that person must be mentally, psychologically, socially and physically fit but it was contrary for the pupils who sat to their exams in an unfriendly atmosphere.
The MP was supported by the Speaker that such circumstances were not friendly for the pupils as he urged him to put his concern in the form of a report to the Education Committee of Parliament for further action.
The Acting Majority Leader, Hon Sheku Bundara Bashiru Dumbuya said that he too found it very strange for the NPSE exams to take place on a Saturday rather than on a Friday.
In another development Parliament also approved six Presidential nominees for various positions. Dr. Bob K. Conteh was approved as Board member National Revenue Authority together with George Melvin Tucker, a former deputy Bank Governor.
Mohamed Nfa Alie Conteh was also approved as the new electoral commissioner North, Rtd Col A.O Kamara, Board member mining and general services. Albert Saltson, the Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered Bank as Board member, National Public Procurement Authority together with Badamasi Savage.