2 March 2011

Gambia: LIPS Independence Scholarship Unveiled

As part of its commitment to complement government's efforts in the area of professional education, the Lamin Institute of Professional Studies (LIPS) recently unveiled its annual scholarship packages.

In an interview with this paper, Princess H Osagie, the principal of the school explained that this year's scholarship came as part of activities marking The Gambia's 46th Independence Anniversary and is aimed at complementing government's efforts in education. She pointed out that quality education might be attained if people only pay attention to early education and remain on professional aspect of it.

The LIPS principal stated that thousands of Gambians have benefited from the package since its' inception in 2008, adding that most of the beneficiaries are now contributing meaningfully to the socio-economic advancement of the country. She indicated that it is because of this scholarship that many Gambians acquire skills from LIPS without enduring the cost of obtaining professional education. She also made it clear that the package is not limited to the students of LIPS,but that people from all categories can qualify including those working provided they have completed grade 12.

The principal stressed that at LIPS, students are provided avenues to simply amass more than quality education so that they would find the environment in the country very convenient once they graduate. She added that it is because of that quality education that one can ultimately find the products of LIPS at so many institutions in the country. "This is why most of our students are retained when they go for attachments at various institutions in the country," she said.

Speaking on the importance of the English Language, Osagie described the language as a vital means of communication. She said that for any student to acquire a skill at the school, his/her English must be solid, adding that it is one of the reasons for the school's success over the past years.

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