Question: What is the Free Quality School Education programme?
Answer: It is one that provides a positive learning environment for all Sierra Leonean children of school going age in Government and Government Assisted schools, from nursery to SSS and in approved vocational institutions below WASSCE level. It aims to provide free access to education under the supervision of trained and qualified teachers with the right facilities and equipment.
Question: What is in the package?
Answer: 1. Free admission and no school fees. 2. Payment of public examination fees for the National Primary School Examination (NPSE); the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE); the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ). The package also aims at improving the conditions of non-formal learning centres. 3. Provision of Math, English, Science & Social Studies/Civic Education for Primary and JSS; Math and English textbooks for SSS and teaching and learning materials; pens, pencils and exercise books for Primary Schools.
Question: Who will be entitled to this package?
Answer: Children from nursery( Pre-Primary) through SSS and Technical Vocational Institutions below the WASSCE level, in all Government and Government Assisted School for a start. Children in non-approved schools will benefit as soon as those schools are approved by the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE) so parents should patiently wait until their chIldren’s school is approved and should not transfer them to another school.
Question: When will it start?
Answer: On the 17th of September 2018 when the 2018/19 academic school year starts.
Question: How long will the package last?
Answer: For the next 5 years, for a start.
Question: When will we receive the package?
Answer: Before the end of the first term.
Question: What is the role of the parent?
Answer: Provide uniforms, shoes and additional textbooks, pens and pencils; monitor and supervise the child’s school work, and ensure the child dresses properly for school and is kept clean at all times, both at home and in school.
Question: What should I do if asked to buy or pay for anything in School?
Answer: Say NO, and report any demands by Teachers or Heads of Schools to buy items already covered in the package to the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education through their toll-free line 4060.
Question: If I have a problem in the school or need more information, where can I get help?
Answer: From the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education office in your District or through the toll-free line 4060; or to the Paramount Chief or any local authorities or community leaders in your area.
Question: What would happen if a parent refuses to send a child of school going age to school?
Answer: He or She faces a crime punishable by a fine or jail term or both.
Minister: Dr. David Sengeh
Permanent Secretary: Mr. David Banya
Chief Education Officer: Dr. Yatta Kanu