The Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education(MBSSE) has issued a press release reminding teachers and students that schools reopen for the third term on Monday, April 25th, 2022, and close on July 15th, 2022, and close on July 15th, 2022.

The ministry caution all students, teachers, and staff are expected to be in school this date right through to the end of the term. The justifies release that each day is critical in ensuring that all learners complete their syllabuses and are getting relevant skills.

The release further confirms that teachers have been trained on the updated continuous Assessment Manuals and are expected to use this for learners moving forward, MBSSE continues to work closely with all stakeholders(school leaders, teachers, and parents) for the effective delivery of quality education in Sierra Leone.

The Ministry also notes with dismay that serious misinformation and fake materials are being shared online by various anonymous persons, many of whom are using foreign numbers. MBSSE pointed out that many of these persons engaged in these acts are not teachers. The Ministry believes their teachers are committed to their profession and are not planning to stay away from school.

MBBSSE further encourages the public to engage the government on teacher matters officially through the Teaching Service Commission, Ombudsman’s office, Anti-Corruption Commission, and several other avenues including a digital public grievance redress and complaint form. They confirm that teachers matters must be taken seriously and further stand by their teachers as they honor them and will continue to work together with them in the interest of all their children.

They further pleased to update the public that last week, the government completed the payment of SLL 58,927,640,000 as Second Term subsidy/ tuition fees for 86,636,427,000 for 610,488 students taking the national and international examinations. Pupils in Private Schools also benefit from this exam fee subsidy at the NPSE and BECE levels.

The Press Release also confirms that Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE): July 25th, 2022- August 3rd, 2022 (Provisional) (191,266 candidates)

National Primary School Examination (BECE): July 25, 2022(Provisional) (191,266 candidates)

West African Senior Secondary School certificate examination (WASSCE): May 9th, 2022-June 24th, 2022 (191,266 candidates)

MBBSSE also informed the public that as part of the free education Project, Public primary schools will be given performance bases financing grants this third term. Each School will be expected to develop a school improvement plan as well as meet specific targets including attendance of staff and students