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The Government of Sierra Leone has hinted that it might overhaul the educational system in the country after persistent mass failures in external examinations in the country.
Recommendations of the Professor Gbamanja Commission of Inquiry will make a difference and overhaul the educational system in the country, the Minister of Education said last Thursday.
Meanwhile, the government last week released a White Paper on the report of the Commission set up to look into the poor performance of pupils in the 2008 BECE and WASSCE Exams. Based on the immediate recommendations of the Professor Gbamanja Commission, Government has agreed to review the 6-3-3-4 system of education to by increasing the number of years to be spent in the senior secondary school level to one year and now become the 6-3-4-4 system.
This means pupils will now spend an additional one year in Senior Secondary School, making it seven years for secondary school education. Government has also banned “Access” courses in all tertiary institutions. The ban comes with a proviso that the science faculties in universities could run preparatory courses for pupils wishing to re-sit the WASSCE exams but noting that such pupils would not be regarded as university students.
The recommendation to phase out the two shift system in schools has also been accepted by the government. It takes effect within a three year period while more classrooms were being built. Members of the public have welcomed the White Paper.
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