Basic Education Minister Reacts to Massive WASSCE failure
Sierra Leone’s Minister of Basic and Secondary School Education, Honourable Alpha Osman Timbo has reaffirmed government’s commitment that quality and properly fit pupils are allowed to be admitted into tertiary institutions in the country. This, he said “Education is not only free, but we need quality.”
Hon. Timbo made this statement during a Voice of America (VOA) radio interview whilst reacting to the massive failure of pupils in the just releases West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results by the West African Examination Council (WAEC).
He said, when government launched the free education in August 2018, the word “Quality” was included, because it was keen on resurrecting the credibility of our school certificates in Sierra Leone.
Minister Timbo added that the current government of President Julius Maada Bio inherited an educational system which was in shambles and one for which exams malpractice was the order of the day. He further addressed that the massive failure was as a result of the fact that government closed the loopholes of malpractices, in order to enhance the credibility of our result.
The Minister, however expressed optimism that in the coming years, results would be better, and that the credibility of our Sierra Leone’s certificates would not be questions. He reaffirmed government commitment to ensure that it administers the Free Quality School Education (FQSE) and to fully support pupils in Sierra Leone.
Meanwhile, it could be recalled that the WAEC had released the WASSCE results for the May-June 2019 in which it confirmed that only 5% of the total pupils who took the exam did get university requirements. This, according to many, is by far the worst released by the examination body. As a result, the Minister, did react claiming that government will ensure that “Quality” education is achieved rather than quantity.