MoBSE should take full responsible for students’ consolidated Mass Failures in exams.
It is so disturbing and disheartening to read the West African Examination Council- Gambia’s press release, 2018 indicating the dismal and wasteful performance of students from the Gambia. The ministry of Basic and secondary(MoBSE) should take full responsible for this as they lack proper leadership, coordination, and administrative capacities necessary to direct our educational system in the right path that will guarantee quality and help improve, consolidate and strengthen our slow developmental processes characterised by misplaced priorities that never deliver results .
For example, the Coordinating Committee’s meeting (CCM) an annually event which attracts many stakeholders to asses quality education, environmental, and teaching and learning and conditions of schools amongst others now becomes wasteful and money grabbing event for participants who are not only well fed, or driven by expensive cars, but goes home with fat allowances. What those CCM achieve since established and those their work translate into quality education?. CCM do not only play roles of clusters monitors who represent regional director / directorate , but wast the moneys that should be use to buy sufficient teaching and learning materials especially for schools in the country side such as prescribed literally text approved by WAEC is almost killing the study of English-Literature and partly contributes to the increase failure in English Language.
In addition, MoBSE ‘s almost zero motivation of teachers contributes the teaches’ ineffectiveness. Motivation of staff contributes to the fine and efficient delivery services in successful institution, but as I write never see or hear any initiative my MoBSE that motivates teachers. Teachers’salaries and allowances need to be reviewed to make sure that they are paid and on time. Teacher trainees especially those in the hardships school should be paid to avoid stress and other psychological related problems. This will promote their performance and professional development.
The MoBSE despite established Regional Educational Directorates representative MoBSE, teaches in all regions always rush to the ministry for their pay slips, which undermines their work especially teacher in the farthest region from Banjul. Look, we are in a digital world ; the ministry could have channel it to the regional education directorate to avoid the painful and stressful journeys to Banjul.
Scarcity of teaching and learning materials also contributes to the dismal performance of students and MoBSE should be blamed for it. It is so sad to learn that most schools especially in provincial Gambia lacks relevant teaching and learning materials such as prescribed literally text approved by WAEC and simple scientific apparatus even at college and university level were teachers and trained.
All aforementioned problems and challenges and faced by Faced by both students and teachers played a part in the students mass failures in exams are cause by lack of oraginsed leadership, and coordination by MoBSE.
MoBSE should reorganise themselves and review this policies to restore Gambian’s torn credibility in the international academic environment.
Written By Alieu Badjie