Fallen Standards in Our Education System
BY: MOHAMED OSMAN BANGURA (POLITICAL)
Education has a lot of definitions, but one can refers to it as the transition of knowledge from a tutor to a learner.
Our present education system is faced with numerous challenges ranging from poor environment, low incentives, lack of enough man power to meet the demands of the school population, equipped libraries, teaching and learning materials, the lack of interest to study to name but a few. It is heart rendering to note that despite the achievement made by modern technologies to provides readily available materials to aid the quality of education system in the country, yet the standard of education manifested by most of our pupils continues to be dismay as compared to the years gone by.
Taking a closer look at education system in the colonial period, our country was the citadel of education with many students in the sub-region scrambling for spaces at Fourah Bay College.
Today, while some of these countries can now boast of well equipped universities, Sierra Leone can only boast of very few Universities with ancient infrastructure, poor road network, frequent power cuts and lack of computer facilities to match with modern universities. Where are Sierra Leonean students heading for? In the Primary schools it is like the kettle calling the pot black. It is no surprise that most people are craving for the Grammar School System of education as the 6334 or 6344 education systems have not making any mark to convince the populace that we are making progress.
There are reasons for this as it is to hear a mellifluous English speaking/interaction among primary schools pupils, Junior Secondary School (JSS) pupils, not to mention the Senior Secondary School sector. I could say/ forecasting that the percentage rate of school dropout in 6344 educational system is gradually increasing.
To change the situation, we need to develop the technical and vocational centres/institutions as that more will be trained in various skills. This will cut down on the high crime rates such as rubbery, clicks and prostitution.
The development of any nation determines the number of educators in that nation.
Credit: The Watch Newspaper