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Thursday, October 21, 2021

‘Our children’s future depends on our education system’

By Lamin B Darboe

Information Officer, MoBSE

The Regional Education Director (RED) for Region 2 in the West Coast Region reaffirmed that the future of our children depends on our education system and giving those children support should be everybody’s concern.

Mr. Lamin Fatajo was having an exclusive interview with the Information Officer at the MoBSE, Lamin B. Darboe at his Brikama office recently where he talks about the monitoring system, functional structure among other issues in his region.

 “I am encouraging everyone to take education as their business because as parents, teachers and administrators all of us have a role to play in our education system,” said director Fatajo.

“If you want to determine the future of any country, go to their education system, behavior, zeal for learning among others will determine what the country’s future would be”.

He explained that when children are at home, it is not the responsibility of the teacher to take care of them but the parent, adding that parent responsibility is fundamental in the education of children.

“Eventually, the role of parents when it comes to their children’s education is pivotal so we cannot deter parents from our educational system,” Fatajo emphasized. 

He said it is the responsibility of the teachers also to deliver when children are under their custody at school, as it is the duty of administrators to support teachers to get the right teaching materials and knowledge.  

He appealed to parents to take the lead in the education of their children.

In his region’s monitoring system, Mr. Fatajo said monitoring is among the key components of his office’s functional operations. He added that for his region, two teams went on monitoring at Upper Basic school level to see the arrangement, supervision, and invigilation among others of the just ended 2021 Gambia Basic Education Certificate Examination (GABECE).

“The main purpose of the said monitoring at Upper Basic School level was to get the general ideas as to what is happening at schools before said exams.”

According to Fatajo, his office was satisfied with the level of preparations ahead of the GABECE and he also expressed his utmost satisfaction with the turn-out of students during this year’s National Assessment Test (NAT) in his region.

He said his Region will close schools on August 13th 2021 in order to recover the lost school contact hours due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

He promised to put in place similar monitoring mechanism come next month’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) to make sure things go well.

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