The standard of education in Sierra Leone before and immediately after independence was one of the best around the world. With the University of Sierra Leone established in 1827, The implementation of the basic educational program of preschool education Leone was dubbed, “Athens of West Africa. But that educational system fell on hard times. Over a long period of neglect, the country witnessed an erosion of standards in its educational system.
From 1970 to 1985, the average growth rate for primary school enrollment was slightly more than 6. 1 at age 5 and finished class 7 at age 12. It was a seven-year program at the end of which the pupil was to take an external examination called the Common Entrance, later renamed the Selective Entrance Examination. The exam was used to determine who would enter secondary school and who would not. However, these institutes were seriously neglected and so collapsed. The New System of Education: In the new 6-3-3-4 system of education, the first six years consist of primary education followed by three years of junior secondary education for all primary school graduates. Students who pass this exam and meet the requirements of the University of Sierra Leone may continue their formal education for four years for a first degree.
The concept of basic education in the new educational structure includes the provision of facilities for all citizens to be literate and numerate, as well as to cultivate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable them to earn a good living, improve their social and health circumstances, be patriotic citizens of Sierra Leone, and understand the complexities and opportunities of the modern world. The new structure of education also encompasses a new role for national languages. Unlike the old system, the new system allows four national languages—Krio, Mende, Temne, and Limba—to be taught throughout the school system, teacher colleges, and universities. English remains the medium of instruction throughout the system starting from class three.
French is compulsory at the primary and junior secondary school levels, but it is optional at the senior secondary level. The new system also makes room for the training of education sector personnel so as to effectively implement the 6-3-3-4 reform plan. It is important that the new system expresses the need to include educational planners, curriculum researchers and developers, teacher trainers, inspectors, adult educators, school broadcasters, subject specialists, and computer specialists in a comprehensive policy for professional development. Citing this material Please include a link to this page if you have found this material useful for research or writing a related article. Content on this website is from high-quality, licensed material originally published in print form. You can always be sure you’re reading unbiased, factual, and accurate information.
Paste the link into your website, email, or any other HTML document. Your email address will be altered so spam harvesting bots can’t read it easily. As for me the old system was good,because when you failed the General Certificate Examination,you repeat. But now,they push the person without the basic education.