The Newly appointed Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE), Mr. Conrad Sackey, vows to consolidate and accelerate gains made by his predecessor Dr. Moinina David Sengeh.
He made this statement on Tuesday 8th August 2023 during the handing over ceremony done at the MBSSE Headquarters in Freetown.
He said, unlike other ministers, his job is difficult because he is prevailing the best-performing minister in the last leadership, remarking that he will do all he can to conform in the shoe of his precursor who is now the Chief Minister.
He said, “My predecessor has built a solid partnership with a number of partners nationally and internationally. I am new, and those partnerships are based on David’s relationship. I need to go back to those partners in my first 100 Days in office to reinforce the fact that we will be consolidating the gains that have been made by Dr Sengeh. Where there are new trends and imagined issues, we want to respond to those as quickly as possible.”
He said shrinking and revving gains made by his precursor will instruct him to have bilateral meetings with these supporters which he said have started already.
He announced Education Sector Plan 2022-2026 which was undertaken by President Julius Maada Bio in September 2022, at the Freetown International Conference Centre, Bintumani Hotel, Freetown is going to be his Bible.
In his farewell speech, the ex-minister of MBSSE (now Chief Minister) thanked the administration and team of the MBSSE for their aid during his hegemony as Minister, berating them to provide the same support to his heir.
The new MBSSE Minister celebrates a lineage that has produced four ages of teachers. He has held well-known jobs in Education that equipped him for this new role.
They comprise but are not restricted Chair of the Sierra Leone Teaching Service Commission; the Chief Executive Officer of the Windsor Fellowship, a national education charity; the Head of Information and Advice at Anglia Ruskin University; the Strategic Manager, of London East Connexions Partnership, a sub-regional partnership that coordinated integrated student support in Education; and an Additional Inspector of the Office of Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills in the UK.
Mr. Sackey holds a MA in Education from University College London, Institute of Education; B.Sc. (Econ) Hons from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone; and is a Chartered Director, Institute of Directors, UK. He also has a number of professional qualifications in Educational Management, Teaching, Careers Guidance, and Company Direction.
He now administers as a Board Member of the African Federation of Teaching Regulatory Authorities (AFTRA), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Member of the Institute of Directors, and a 2008 Travelling Fellow of Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.