The Principal of Nusrat Senior Secondary School, Karamo S. Bojang, has announced he is to retire after a student from his School secured a distinction in all nine subjects for the first time since the inception of the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).
Bojang, who was speaking in an exclusive interview with Observer Light (this papers weekly sports and entertainment magazine) at the weekend, in reaction to Abdourahman Jallow’s results, said the decision to announce his imminent resignation is in fulfillment of a pledge he made many years ago.
“Finally I have my box opened packing for a final goodbye; I am going to miss the students a lot but I have to go,” an emotional Mr. Bojang, who spent more than two decades as the School’s principal said.
Though Mr. Bojang, the Alkalo of Tujering Village in the Kombo North District of the West Coast Region, didn’t give a timeline as to when he would finally walk out of the doors of the Bundungka Kunda-based school, which has served as his office and residence since 1994, sources close to him said it could take up to a year before it can happen.
Nusrat continues to be the pacesetters of Gambian education since inception in 1971 and since the introduction of the WASSCE, it had secured one of the best overall results on average in each exam but never before had a student of the School secured an A in all nine subjects despite securing a distinction in eight subjects on many occasions.
Bojang, one of the best mathematicians in the sub-region and the senior secondary school representative at the West African Examination Council, WAEC, was always committed to securing such a result and had made a bet that he would go into retirement once he achieves it.
‘’Since I have achieved my dream, I’m also going to fulfill the promise I had made many years ago so I’m going to leave,’’ Bojang added.
‘’This result has given me credit in two ways; one is that it gives pride to the nation in general because for the past years that I have worked with the Council, students from other countries have received many honours, as it is a criteria in the Council to honour students with 8As including English, mathematics and any science. On the other hand, the school, for so many years since the inception of WASSCE, had always wanted this and so it is a great record and the credit does not go to me alone but also to the teachers, parents and the students.’’
He disclosed that Bah would be awarded a scholarship to pursue a degree at any university of his choice, noting that the School has already made arrangements for that. He further urged students to apply for admission at the University of The Gambia. Mr. Bojang added that he will nominate other students with equally impressive grades for a scholarship at the University of New York and Abu Dhabi.
by Binta Bah