News that four basic cycle schools in the North Bank Region have been upgraded to senior secondary schools is indeed gratifying and welcomed but not unexpected. The Jammeh administration’s commitment to bring about quality, accessible and affordable education to the doorstep of every Gambian cannot be overemphasised neither can it be downplayed.
Education in every sense is one of the fundamental factors of development. No country can achieve sustainable economic development without substantial investment in human capital. Education enriches people’s understanding of themselves and world. It improves the quality of their lives and leads to broad social benefits to individuals and society. Education raises people’s productivity and creativity and promotes entrepreneurship and technological advances. In addition it plays a very crucial role in securing economic and social progress and improving income distribution.
These factors have been recognised by the Jammeh administration since the beginning of the Great July 22nd Revolution and today children from less previledged families in our communities can boast of the chance to earn quality basic education because they do not have to worry themselves about the burden of high school fees amongst a host of other difficulties encountered in the past.
Aside from building various schools in all categories of our national basic education system, the government has introduced free basic education for every Gambian irrespective of religious, political or tribal affiliation.
The establishment of the University of The Gambia continues to be the pride of every genuine Gambian as it has created the opportunity for Gambians to study at home at affordable costs in various fields of academic discipline, thus making a positive impact on the national workforce. This is unlike the past when children of only the rich people and those connected to the inner circle of the government could dreamt of university education. Coupled with that, by 2018, university education would be free for every Gambian.
Therefore, as the government continues to make the basic necessities of it’s citizens top of its development agenda, it is also incumbent upon every Gambian to make best use of the opportunities and the environment created to collaborate in order to build a better Gambia.