MoHERST holds consultative meeting with stakeholders
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (MoHERST) is
currently holding nationwide consultations with key stakeholders as part of the
process of developing the Higher Education Policy.
The Gambia Senior Secondary School was the venue for the consultative meeting on Wednesday, 17th April 2012. The objective of the meeting was to share stakeholders’ views on the key issues of the thematic areas of the policy, which is being formulated.
at the opening ceremony, the Deputy Permanent Secretary – Programmes, Momodou K
Touray, said his Ministry solicits the views of the various stakeholders on the
thematic areas of the policy. “The revision of the Education Policy (2004 –
2015) by the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education has left MoHERST without
any policy. To provide an informed policy, there is the need to conduct
stakeholders’ consultations,” he explained.
He implored on all the participants to critically look at the issues placed before them and discuss them exhaustively. He said that the active participation of everybody would result to the production of a sound higher education policy responsive to the needs and aspirations of the Gambian people.
During the meeting, issues of sector management, access and equity, quality and relevant, research and development as well as science, technology and innovation were discussed. In his presentation, Edrissa Colley of National Training Authority (NTA), who is also a member of the team, explained that the higher education policy shall include vocational education and training as it is a unique system that caters for training in technical knowledge and skills from apprenticeship to managerial level.
Other presenters include Aboubacarr Jallow of The Gambia College, Fanding Kinteh of MoHERST, Essa Sowe of GTU, Fatou Janneh of MoHERST and Fatou Mbye of MDI. The sessions were moderated by Mohammed E Jammeh of the University of The Gambia.
The meeting was participatory and a lot of issues were raised for inclusion in the Higher Education Policy. The closing ceremony was graced by representatives of the Regional Education director of Region One, Basiru Mbenga and Momodou Bah respectively and also the mayor of Banjul City Council, Samba Faal.
Author: Daily Observer