Hon. Alimamy Kamara from Bombali District has registered his dissatisfaction over the appalling academic performance of Fourah Bay College (FBC), not excluding its negligence to the Public Accounts Committee in the House of Parliament.
Hon. Kamara, who has served as a member of the Public Accounts Committee made this known at the Parliamentary Committee on Appointment for Public Service, that since he assumed membership of the committee, FBC has not given account on its expenditures, and brought the attention of the other members of the committee, to such negligence.
Hon. Alimamy Kamara, in a very desperate mood stated that they are no longer interested in the number of professors the college has but the academic out-put of its products. He said that the issue of Professors in the college has not yielded any dividends over the years. Rather, he went on, they have just been successful enough in training rebels, as they keep denying students the needed educational facilities that are necessary for their out-put.
The Hon. Member of Parliament cited the issue of the 31 students who have been rusticated on the grounds of illegal accommodation (indiscipline), when the Administration has not done anything over the years to solve the issue of accommodation at FBC.
He said that the “discipline” of students at the college they are so touting has, over the years, only resulted into abysmal academic performance; apparently putting the situation of the college, especially its products in a state of ignominy.
FBC’s terrible academic performance came to the fore during yesterday’s sitting of the Parliamentary Committee on Appointment for Public Service, when the designated Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Sylvester Earl Osmond Hanciles mentioned that the status of the University of Sierra Leone, Fourah Bay College is in “bad state”.
Giving statistics of African University Ranking, the Minister listed that among 852 African universities, FBC ranked 847; while Njala, which he claimed has performed so well, is ranked 335-putting it among the top 50 universities.
Furthermore, he went on, among 2,734 world universities, recent rankings has put FBC in the position of 2,705, while Njala University is ranked 1, 4030. He commended Njala for a laudable performance especially for its effort in putting Sierra Leone on the map.
He lamented that: “Fourah Bay College, which used to be the Athens of Africa, has over the years become the Ashes of Africa”
In respect of this miserable performance of the University of Sierra Leone, the Minister said that if he is approved by the House of Parliament, he will discuss with the substantive minister to develop a plan to hold an educational conference in the country, as a way of ensuring educational reforms for progressive development in the country.
By Poindexter Sama