By Salifu Chernor Kamara
Cheating in public examinations has become a way of life in Sierra Leone’s educational system, says Moses Moore Conteh Executive Secretary for The Sierra Leone We Want. He noted that it is high time young people take the center stage in the campaign to end this immoral practice in order to build and protect future leaders for a better nation. The Executive Secretary revealed this during the signing of an MOU between the movement and the National Council for Civic Education and Development.
For far too long the education system in contemporary Sierra Leone has been tainted with cheating which this young professionals movement campaign aims to curtail. According to Moses Moore Conteh pupils, teachers and parents need to be motivated and instructively guided to refrain from this education nuisance, adding that cheating hinders not only individual progress but the country as well. He continued that the local organization of young professional sierra Leoneans has developed sustainable strategies to engage the Teaching Service Commission to effectively monitor teachers to complete school syllabus before exams to reduce the tension on students, actively involve parents and caregivers to pay more attention on their children and improve monitoring of school work. Again, peer mentoring of students will be highly maintained. However, Executive Secretary cautioned that students must study hard to be grounded in the needful to build confident and a better career path without misconducts.
National Coordinator for The Sierra Leone We Want Samuel Wise Bangura said with effective peer mentoring young people have the ability to reach their full potential and achieve the future they aspire to. He maintained that young professional Sierra Leoneans have been invisible in the fight to address exam malpractices adding that they want to take the lead this time to engage candidates in the forthcoming examinations to study hard and maintain integrity required for the professional life and the country’s development. He concluded that the contribution of teachers and parents in this campaign cannot be over emphasized.
The Chairman for National Council for Civic Education and Development (NaCCED), Kalilu Totangi says this stride deepens collaboration in the vigorous fight to build competent citizens who can effectively run the nation. The Chairman submitted that NaCCED is committed to supporting the movement with both financial and material provisions to ensure the quality aspect of the government’s Free Quality Education flagship programme is achieved.