As a means of complying with section 8 (a) of the Gbamaja’s report that secondary schools should return to one shift schooling system for better learning, the Old Boys Association of St. Edwards Secondary School in collaboration with the USA, UK/Ireland branches and the school authorities, with funds from Managing Director of NP, Mohamed Babatunde-Cole, on Saturday commissioned a fourteen (14) classroom building.
The programme was attended by past pupils of the school including the Inspector General of Police Francis Munu, the Chairperson National Electoral Commission (NEC) Christiana Thorpe and Professor Joko Smart among others.
Given the background of the project, the current president of the Association, Mr. GibrilSaccoh, disclosed that his executive started with so many challenges but were able to do something as education lies in their hearts, which is why they thought it fit to raise their school standard of education rapidly as they consider it as a fundamental responsibility. He added that they have succeeded in constructing the perimeter fence, renovating the old school building and now have completed the new 14 classroom building.
According to him, their intention is to regain the school’s past glory in terms of educational performance which is why they decided to work in conformity with the government white paper that made recommendation for secondary schools to return to a one shift schooling system as a result of the poor performance in the 2008 BECE and WASSCE results. He opined that the one shift system will bring discipline and improve on the academic exercise of the pupils, explaining that the construction of the new building commenced in July 2013 at a slow pace with support from old students but that with their encounter with the Managing Director of NP, Alhaji Mohamed Babatunde Cole, through a phone conversation, he promised to finance the project and refunded the money already spent at the initial stage.
Giving the keynote address, the MD of NP, Alhaji Mohamed Babatunde Cole, started by saying that to whom much is given, much is expected, as there is also what is known as payback in investment, which is what he is doing now to his school from which he acquired so much from. He disclosed that the commissioning of the new building is very unusual in the country, but there must be a start to everything in life and he is setting up the stage for educational payback in the country, which he wants all to imitate.
He maintained that the reason why he requested from the school administration and the Association for the building to be named after him, was not because he funded the project, but for other Sierra Leoneans to see reason to pay back to their schools in order to improve on the standard of education in the country.
Wednesday April 30, 2014