By: Cham Haruna/ Gambia

The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MOBSE), Coordinating Committee in The Gambia, Ebrima Sisawo, is inviting teachers across the country to provide all Gambians the required education as “education saves life” quoting the former Director of UNESCO Irina Bokova.

Addressing stakeholders of education at the Regional Education Directorate in the Upper River Region (RED 6) of The Gambia on this week, the Permanent Secretary said education is the responsibility of the Ministry.

He made reference to the recent tragedy that happened in the Mauritanian sea where many young Gambians lost their lives as they embarked on the Mediterranean to Europe. Given the undesirable loss of these young people, he indicated that if they had the required education and skills such a loss could have been averted.

He admonished all teachers to teach with their hearts as they have a responsibility to impart knowledge in the minds of the young Gambians.

Ebrima Sisawo further emphasized that what partakes in the current teacher issues should be put to a halt as he feels unsatisfied seeing teachers at the Education Headquarters going after their problems travelling all the way from their regions.

Leadership of MOBSE addressing participants during the second edition of the Educational Coordinating Committee Meeting

The Permanent Secretary called on the Regional Education Directorates to adequately handle teachers problem at the regional level in order to enable them focus on their lessons delivery in their duty stations insisting that teachers are responsible for students, therefore, the regional Education Directorates and the Headquarters of the sector should also be responsible for meticulously handling issues affecting teachers.  

The Coordinating Committee Meeting is an annual engagement programme of the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education meant to check education delivery in the Gambia.

As part of this engagement, the sector’s second edition meeting for the 2019/2020 academic year, all major stakeholders in the educational sector have been meeting to deliberate on how to improve education in The Gambia since Monday 9th December, 2019 and hopes to end on Thursday, 13th December, 2019.

Some stakeholders present at this year’s coordinating meeting include The Governor of the Upper River Region (URR), Fanta Bojang, Deputy Permanent Secretary of MOBSE, Adama Jimba Jobe,  Regional Directors, Cluster Monitors, Partners of MOBSE and educational officials.

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