Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Sierra Leone Launches Free School Education

Over 1.5 million school children are expected to benefit from the free quality school education initiative which starts at the school year in September.

This flagship initiative which will be launched at the Miata Conference Hall in Freetown today, Monday, 20th August, is part of the new Government’s initiative, under the leadership of President Julius Maada Bio.

It will ensure increased access to government-assisted schools for all children from pre-primary to senior secondary levels across the country.

With support from donor partners – including UK Aid, World Bank, Irish Aid, World Food Programme and UNICEF, the free education programme will be phased over five years and will waive the payment of tuition and admission fees.

The programme will also provide teaching and learning materials, with an initial emphasis on English language and Mathematics text books to all secondary schools in the country.

It will ensure that payment for public examination fees such as the National Primary School Examination (NPSE), Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and West Africa Senior Secondary School Examination (WASSCE) are waived.