After Ghana, another West African nation is set to introduce free education for both primary and secondary school age children. Free education is in line with a major campaign pledge made by Sierra Leone’s President Maada Bio.
“Free education will be introduced effective September 2018 for all primary and secondary schools to improve access to quality education,” President Bio told the Sierra Leone parliament.
According to the president, the primary objective of the New Direction is to increase access to quality pre-primary, primary, secondary, technical and vocational education and training as well as university education that will enable them engage in a meaningful productive economic activity.
“To demonstrate our commitment to education, my Government will increase and sustain budgetary allocation to education to a minimum of 20% of the national budget,” he announced.
It is worth noting that more than half the population of the West African nation cannot read or write.