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Questions in the Answers of Primary School Education in Sierra Leone
US-China Education Review (2009)
  • Samuel Hinton, Eastern Kentucky University
The purpose of this paper is to review current issues in pre- and primary school reform and to pose questions on the long-term implications of present day solutions. Such an exercise will open up discussion on the probable effects of educational policy decisions with a view to minimize negative effects brought on by new policies. Because data collection in Sierra Leone is embryonic and unreliable, it is difficult to be definitive in planning future reform in education based on available data. The civil war between 1989 and 1999 practically shut down the educational system. Some of the obvious steps taken to ameliorate the situation included mandatory compulsory primary education in 2004 and completing the construction of 500 new classroom buildings by 2008. School enrolment doubled between 2001 and 2005 and the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) was about 160 percent. It is important to join in a discussion of the long-term implications of short-term solutions to educational development in Sierra Leone. The paper is organized under the following headings: (1) The context of pre and primary school development; (2) Current education system; (3) Issues in pre-primary and primary education; (4) Government statements on education and jobs respectively; (5) Questioning as a way to improve education quality; (6) Discussion; and (7) Recommendation.
  • primary school reconstruction,
  • education and development,
  • primary school reform in Sierra Leone
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Samuel Hinton. "Questions in the Answers of Primary School Education in Sierra Leone" US-China Education Review Vol. 6 Iss. 7 (2009)
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