Government Urged to Allocate Funds to TSC
By Alim Jalloh
National Coordinator of Civil Rights Coalition, Alphonso Manley on Thursday 29th November 2018 in an exclusive interview with this press, urged the government of Sierra Leone to allocate more funds to the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) because the latter has the mandate to monitor and supervise teachers in the country while the government has given the responsibility to the Commission to recruit teachers in order to sustain the Free Quality Education that was instituted by the Bio Government.
He stated that from July 2017 to 2018, 2,202 teachers have retired and that the commission is starting to replace these teachers, as there are plans to recruit some 5000 teachers. He commended the government for taking such a move in the education sector
In the Western Urban the Commission has recruited 218 teachers, though there are 150 to be replaced, while in the Western Rural 38, and more across the nation.
He added that heads of schools have submitted names of teachers who have taught for over 7 to 8 years without getting a pin code but that in order to make the process transparent, the Commission also put out advertisements for recruitment of teachers. These teachers will now receive salary and also their NASSIT pin numbers will be given to them.
Civil Rights Coalition he said monitors the whole process in respect of accessibility and creditability. He stated that such a Commission is very important because the teachers are the custodians of the Free Quality Education.
“From our understanding the Commission asked for nine billion Leones, but a little over one billion was given to them by the Finance Ministry, and as CSOs, we also frown at the statement made by the Deputy Finance Secretary when he said the Commission will have to receive funds from donors, this is an unfortunate statement by such a high profile authority, and government should not rely on donor partners to support the Free Quality Education,” he stated.
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