Heal SL Ends Installation of Free Education Suggestion Boxes
In order to compliment President Bio’s flagship project of Free Quality School Education (FQSE), HEAL SL in partnership with the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE) and with funds from UNICEF and IrishAid, has carried out a 3 day exercise which saw the installation of over 20 Free Quality School Education Suggestion Boxes in Government and Government Assisted Schools across Freetown. Such exercise was precisely done on the 13, 14 and 17 June 2019.
In an interview with the Project Officer of HEAL SL, Hannah Patricia Gbondo, she mentioned that one of the mandate of her institution is to ensure that quality education is provided for pupils across the country, and in that line further underscored that the installation of the Suggestion Boxes in Schools is very timely and that it would bring to the attention of government the lapses of the FQSE and advised where to make the necessary improvements.
She further disclosed that the installation of such boxes is a nationwide exercise, and therefore make clear that teachers should also make use of the boxes.
Addressing pupils and teachers of the Prince of Wales Secondary School, Hannah expressed that with the installation of such boxes, all (pupils and teachers) should feel free to put in the box their challenges and to also possibly proffer solutions as to how they think the FQSE should succeed.
She additionally mentioned that not everyone would have the opportunity to go to the media to discuss the way forward of the FQSE, but however, she disclosed that with these boxes, complains, comments, questions, etc, would be channeled through.
In the meanwhile, she emphatically put it that pupils should not use the Suggestion Box as the platform for sabotaging their school or teachers, but however advised that they should write exactly what is deem necessary for the improvement of not only their school but education as a whole.
Mohamed D. Swaray, who is the Finance Officer for HEAL SL additionally mentioned that staff of his institution would be coming by on Fridays to collect what is been dropped in the boxes and then taken to MBSSE.
Swaray also admonished the pupils not to write their names on the papers to be dropped in the box which he said is a way of keeping the identity of the writer safe.
Amongst the schools visited, principals and teachers also make salient contributions and pledge to keep the boxes safe. For instance, the Principal of Albert Academy in the Senior School Division, commended the Bio’s Administration and HEAL SL for such a laudable initiative and went further to say that with the presence of such boxes in schools, it would crackdown on teachers that are massively involved in corruption.
In summary, boxes were installed in Saint Edward School, Prince of Wales School, Government Secondary School, Vine Memorial School, Services Secondary School, Government Municipal School, Henry Fergusson School, Bishop Johnson School, Saint Helena School, Richard Allen School, Methodist Boys High School, and many more.