School Curriculum, Assessment and Promotion
The 6-3-3-4 system of education which has taken firm roots in Sierra Leone has replaced the traditional one in which pupils spent seven years in the primary school (i.e. Classes 1-7) and five or seven years in the secondary school (i.e. forms 1-5/lower 6 and upper 6) and at least four years in the university, or three years in teacher training college.
In the new 6-3-3-4 system, the pupil spends six years in the primary school, three years in Junior Secondary School, which could be terminal for some, three years in the Senior Secondary School and at least four in the university or a Teacher Training College. The school has embraced the new system with vigour and enthusiasm. With a relatively young and dynamic staff, we believe we are Up to the task in all its innovativeness and demand for energy and dedication. The system caters for the total child, a challenge every good school must be abreast with. In pursuit of the objectives of the new system, the school administration following the directive and supervision of Ministry of Education offers the following compulsory course content at Junior Secondary School level I and 2; (i.e. J SS1 and 2).
• Language Arts
• Agricultural Science
• Integrated Science
• Creative Practical Arts
• Social Studies
• Religious and Moral Education
• Business Studies
• Home Economics
• Physical Health Education
On successfully reaching JSS3, candidates would have to sit to the Basic Education Examination (B E C E) and would have to choose from the option below:
1. COMPULSORY CORE SUBJECT
The following subjects are considered compulsory core subjects and must be taken by all candidates for B E C E:
· Language Arts
· Integrated Science
· Social Studies
2. OPTIONAL CORE SUBJECTS:
From this category pupils must choose at least two subjects:
· Religious and Moral Education
· Physical Health Education
· Home Economics
3. ELECTIVE SUBJECTS
From this group the pupil must also choose at least two subjects:
· Business Studies
· Creative Practical Arts
· Basic Technology
It is clear from the above that the BECE candidate would have to choose at eight subjects. Candidates should be encouraged to choose their subjects based on the criteria of their talents, aptitude, performance, and ambition. Upon successfully completing the BECE, and more specifically, on gaining credits in five subjects, the pupils could be admitted to the Senior Secondary School (SSS) of their choice; for more others this becomes a terminal process after which they could seek employment or go into a vocation of one kind or the other.
ASSESSMENT AND PROMOTION
There is an examination committee comprising:
The principal: chairman
The Controller of Examination: Deputy Chairman
The Deputy Controller: Secretary
Pupils’ assessment covers aspects such as the: COGNITIVE, AFFECTIVE, AND PSYCHOMOTOR. Each term of the academic year ends with examinations, although one written test in every subject would have been administered to ensure that pupils are kept at their schoolwork (i.e. cognitive). Pupils’ annual promotion is dependent on good performance in all tests and examinations in 60% is considered as a pass. For pupils to be promoted they must have scored (60%) as the required mean. At the same time, the psychomotor and affective as- assessments are done. As for the psychomotor the pupils are examined on the basis of physical dexterity, stamina, physical agility and the like. Concerning the affective domain pupils get tested for effort, sociability, discipline, and, demeanour etc. The various areas are assessed as either being weak or strong and the figures 1 to 5 are used to indicate it.
The smaller the number, the weaker the pupil is in that particular area. 3 is the average performance. The promotion Committee shall constitute members of the examination committee and class teachers. Examined pupils will be categorized as follows:
Progress report cards shall be collected, signed and returned to the school by a parent or guardian, or any other responsible person.