Concord Times (Freetown)

19 February 2014

Sierra Leone: Tonkolili Has 2,681 Unqualified Teachers

Masingbi — Chairman of the Tonkolili District Council in northern Sierra Leone has revealed that there are a total of 2,681 unqualified teachers in the district, citing a survey conducted by the Tonkolili District Education Office in collaboration with his council.

Alusine Kamathor Sesay said out of the 3,707 teachers in the district, 2,681 do not have the qualification needed to teach in the schools and other learning institutions they are working within the district.

"This is alarming because education is very important for national development," he said.

In another development, Mr. Sesay said the council is working hard to ensure that residents in the district access the basic social amenities they are entitled to.

"The council has taken a different level and dimension. We have a very effective education department that is providing us with appropriate information across the district. We are going to implement projects that will help develop the district," Sesay said and assured that by March this year residents of Magburaka town will start accessing pipe borne water.

Chairman Sesay was addressing stakeholders, including councilors, section and town chiefs, teachers, youth leaders, health workers, civil society representatives, women leaders and ward committee members in Magburaka on Saturday. He said: "We are on the move and I am convinced before the end of this year, my people will benefit from many things, because the council has lots of projects to implement this year."

It could be recalled that the Tonkolili District Council was awarded by the All Works of Life (AWOL) Development Organization as 'Local Council of the Year 2013'.

"We were awarded because of the work of the council; we want to continue with what we have been doing," he said, adding that many reasons contributed to their winning the coveted award, including the enormous development activities taking place in the district, the council's transparency practice, and the willingness of residents to pay their local tax, as well as their regular engagement with the authorities on development issues.

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