A three day orientation workshop for Deans and lecturers at the Eastern Polytechnic College in Kenema city has ended at the Ahmad Tejan Kabba hall at the college compound along Combema Road in Kenema. In his opening remarks the chairman of the ceremony Mr. Bockarie M. Lahai welcomed participants to the workshop adding that education in this country has been going through several stages with so many hurdles and the country knows who have been throwing helping hands in the area of education. He thanked IRC for the tremendous assistance they have been giving and still giving to the promotion of education in this country especially after the war. He also stated that their business now is to train the trainees so that they can be useful to themselves and the nation. As lecturers before the end of the workshop they will be more conversant with the syllabus in the new HTC Secondary distance curriculum that has been developed.
In her statement the acting Principal of the Eastern Polytechnic Mrs. Adlyn O. Johnson said in -service training is part of the college and that the more the lecturer learns, the better he becomes. She said there are a number of crises in our educational system adding that we are not happy about the turn out of students in the nation. She described the college as the core of tertiary institution in the eastern region offering degrees in the east.
Basic education is essential to our educational process, adding that it is has been found out that there are teachers in the classroom that are ill motivated. Mrs. Johnson said distance education has proof to be viable, as so many teachers in the rural areas are not qualified and are in the majority, and they stay in the classroom while they go through their courses. She called on IRC for counseling to be part of the distance education programme and that all trainers at all levels must be motivated enough.
Giving an overview of the workshop Gabriel T. Jonnie the Curriculum Development Coordinator IRC said the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a Non Governmental Organization that has contributed greatly to education in this country. He said IRC has three programs that are Gender Base Violence (GBV), Health and Education programs and they are operating in Kailahun, Kenema and Kono districts. He said the aspect education programme they are implementing is known as the legacy program which has two objectives that is capacity building of local educational structures and to improve the quality of teaching in Junior Secondary Schools (JSS), by improving on the curriculum that they are using