By Amadou M Jadama
The principal of Maahad Senior Secondary School in Brikama, West Coast Region, has expressed satisfaction with the improvement of grades of his students in various subjects.
Lamin M Bojang was speaking recently during the 9th passing out and prize-giving ceremony for 294 students.
The colorful event, held at the School campus in Brikama Jamisa, brought together government officials, heads of department, principals, religious leaders, parents as well as students and teachers.
Speaking to the graduates, the principal of the school said graduation is a day of reflection to those who earned academic excellence and for those who could not do so well, attitudinal transformation is needed to yield positive results in subsequent exams.
“An occasion of this nature is indeed very important because it marks the end of an educational programme for a given set of students. It is at such occasions that the school administration passionately shares with parents, concerned persons, stakeholders and the general public a record of activities that has recently taken place in the school, challenges and projecting into the future with great hope and an unwavering determination.
“The enrolment figures of the students continued to increase gradually due to the trust and confidence the parents and the community have for the school. We have seen a positive trend in performance at WASSCE. There has been a steady in the number of candidates scoring grades A,B,C (credit passes in various subjects.)
“Our students were enrolled into UTG pursuing their degrees. Maahad Senior Secondary School is great and imposing one in the educational map of this country because of its wonderful contribution she has made in the lives of young men and women since her inception in 2001 up to date,” he said.
Maahad principal further stressed that the school consistently produces good students who occupy key positions not only in The Gambia but also on the global context.
He went on to say that the rapid expansion to basic and secondary education over the years in this country is another strong indication that educational pursuit is a top priority of government.
Principal Bojang finally urged other young Gambians to join the teaching profession and reminded them that the task of building this nation is a primary responsibility of all Gambians. He advised the graduating students to never engage themselves in the sale and use of illicit drugs.
For his part Yankuba Camara, a lecturer at MDI and the guest speaker on the occasion, harped on the importance of education in nation building. He said education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
“A society that does not give importance to education cannot progress. Education creates an enlightened society,” he said.
According him this is a crucial prerequisite to nation building because the more people become enlightened the more they would refrain from doing practices that will endanger the nation building efforts.
“Nation building requires a meritocratic bureaucracy in order to make the state institutions effective.
Therefore, with education, the country will have the best human resources that are competent enough to carry out the day to day affairs of the state,” he said.
He advised them to further their education to higher institutions.
Alhaji Kakai E Sanyang, Board Chairman expressed similar sentiments.