In an interview with The Standard, the German school coordinator who is married to a Gambian stated: “The Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education has done tremendously well in terms of supporting avenues for accessible and affordable education for children. The goals and guidelines that have been set to govern the education system have enabled us to work hard to invest in education. We have to invest in children especially in support of their education because they are the future,” she said.
“As principal of this school, I see the education system as very impressive because I have a good relation with the Ministry of Education. They are very committed and have always been supportive in our drive to make improvements where they are required. Our grade six students are graduating this weekend and this marks an important milestone in the school. I have been in this country since 2001 and I was connected to this school because my children and I were looking for a school. I became an active member of the parents committee and a board member. I have been in the education field for a long time and here in The Gambia, I have a strong understanding of the education set-up,” Mrs jaiteh explained.
She further underscored the need to strengthen school support programmes saying “children should have the right frames of mind to enable them learn as this will improve their performance in school as well as reduce the burden on parents who cannot afford to pay for their children’ school fees.
She continued: “We have sixteen students who are graduating from grade six and we have offered to sponsor them up to grade nine out of which fourteen have passed. The school provides free education for all because it is fully sponsored. Though it started with a nursery school, we were able to expand it up to grade six with the help of some members who live outside the country. We use various means of generating funds and all the kids get free meals and take remedial classes,” she said.]]>