President Barrow Addresses West African Examination Council Banjul Meeting

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On Tuesday, March 14, 2023, President Adama Barrow presided over the official opening of the 71st annual council meeting of the Governing Board of the West African Examination Council (WAEC), currently underway in Banjul.

In his address, President Barrow congratulated WAEC on their seventy-one (71) years of existence and commended them for their sincere service to the citizens of the Member Countries.

“I found it quite fascinating when I was informed that, among the regional bodies established during the colonial era, WAEC is the only body that has survived to this day,” Barrow applauded.

Barrow further sighted that his government continues to make interventions to domesticate and implement international education goals and targets, such as WAEC and others.

“We also reassess and restructure our education system to promote a democratic, vibrant, and progressive economy that would enhance improved living standards for all citizens,” he said.

“My government, through the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, is revising the school curriculum. This exercise is the introduction of Civic Education at the senior secondary school level to instill greater citizenship awareness,” Barrow added.

The President outlines another development his government is undertaking in the education sector: increasing the number of examinable subjects for WASSCE.

“These subjects are now grouped into program areas to ensure that the learning and teaching process is student-centered and geared towards continuous learning and development,” he told the gathering.

President concluded by reaffirming his government’s commitment through the Ministry of Basic Education to assist Banjul’s WAEC office in providing equipment and materials to enhance the smooth conduct of valid and reliable examinations.

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Sainey M.K. Marenah
Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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