By Adama Tine
Louis Moses Mendy, the permanent secretary at the ministry of Basic and Secondary Education has reaffirmed his ministry’s commitment in restoring quality education in the country.
Speaking during the validation workshop on the Gambia’s Education Service Delivery Indicators 2020 Draft Report, PS Mendy said: “The reason the study is being commissioned is to look at holistic views of what we need as a sector in order to be able to work towards addressing many others but more importantly quality education.”
The Gambia, he stated, is the second country in the sub-region to be able to commission the study, saying: “Today’s event is one of the most important events of the transformation agenda of the Education Ministry.”
“Our objective is to restore quality education in the country, hence we must all commit ourselves to work towards restoring that glory. I want to use this opportunity to challenge my fellow public servants because oftentimes, we want to take our children to private schools.
“It is our collective responsibility to work towards making sure that our public institutions are trusted. This can be done by providing all the required resources and things in order to be able to have the quality education that we all yearn for.”
Education, he continued, is one of the goals that should not be compromised.
“Whatever is finalised today would be a representation of both the sector and the country. Therefore, your sincere inputs into that and your maximum participation into the entire process is very important so that once the process is finalised, it becomes a force to reckon with.”
Sohna Foon-Chorr, director of Planning at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, said the study provides stakeholders the set of metrics for benchmarking in Service Delivery Indicators (SDI) in the education sector of The Gambia.
These indicators, she added, measure the quality of service delivery in the education sector, claiming that it will also help track the progress as well as identify the gaps across the country.
The SDI instrument used by the World Bank in other countries, she went on, was customised and domesticated, taking into consideration the national context.
Ebrima M. S. Njie, national coordinator of the Education Research Network for West and Central Africa (ERNWACA) said with the indicators, one would be able to identify gaps, track and progress overtime across the country, adding that The Gambia is the latest country to conduct the study.
“Generally, the study provides information on teachers’ efforts, knowledge and ability, pupils knowledge and ability and also information on key inputs such as text books, basic teaching equipment and infrastructure,” he remarked.