The Pedmal International Academy has on Monday 13th October, celebrated their Founders Day at the Robert Street Community Centre in Freetown.
Giving a brief background of the operations so far, the Principal of the Academy, Malikie Mansaray noted that when the school was established in 2002 a total of 49 pupils were enrolled in the Junior and Senior Secondary School. In 2003/2004 academic year, he said, 406 pupils were enrolled; but however the number dropped in 2007/2008 to 400 pupils.
He explained that in 2005/2006 academic year, the first set of pupils attempted the WASSCE and BECE Exams; noting that out of 35 pupils who took the BECE only one (1) pupil failed and the WASSCE results were encouraging.
The Principal stressed that even though the school is in its infant stage, they have realized a lot as the school could now boast of a brass band, coupled with trained and qualified teachers. Plans are underway to open other branched in Waterloo and Makeni, he disclosed. The President of the Pedmal Old Pupils Association, Ishmael Dumbuya, said that “we the past pupils recognized the tremendous efforts by both the Teachers and the Principal in handling the affairs of the school”.
He added that, since 2000, there has been an increase in privately-owned schools, but Pedmal International continues to strive in the midst of all the difficulties and is doing well.
Architect Consultant, Patrick Kamara admonished the pupils to spend more time with their school work to ensure success.
Certificates of merit were distributed by Awoko Reporter, Abibatu Kamara, on behalf of the Old Pupils.