As part of government’s continuing efforts to making secondary education accessible to every Gambian, the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education recently upgraded four basic cycle schools to senior secondary schools in the North Bank Region ahead of the 2016/17 academic year.
The upgraded schools are Ndungu Kebbeh Basic Cycle, Saaba Basic Cycle, Kerr Pateh Basic Cycle and Sinchu Njago Basic Cycle. Meanwhile, St. George’s in Tambana in Jukadou has also been upgraded from a lower basic to a basic cycle school.
This information was disclosed by the acting Education Director for Region 3, Paul K Mendy. He said the decision is in line with the strategic development framework of the Ministry to ensure students within the jurisdictions have easy access to senior secondary education.
He therefore, called on parents and cluster monitors to support school administrators in enrolling students to the newly upgraded senior secondary schools, noting that his office would provide trained teachers and learning materials to enhance learning and teaching.
“The development is part of the expansionist model of making education accessible to all children in The Gambia. The move would also increase enrollment, retention and by extension the completion of schools by students in rural settlements, particularly girls,” he added.
Mendy informed that new lower basic schools will be open by September for the communities of Ker Ali Awa in Jokadou, Sare Mari Dobo in Upper Niumi and Mbankang in Lower Nuimi, to complement the Education for All initiative.
He reiterated the Ministry’s commitment to making education accessible to all.
He lauded the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education for attaching great importance to human resource development of teachers at The Gambia College and the University of The Gambia, with the view to boosting quality teaching and learning in schools.
The acting regional education director further commended the Ministry for providing management training for head teachers at the University, noting that it has enhanced effective management of its human resource and strengthen community participation to the management of schools.
by Alhagie Babou Jallow
& Binta Jammeh