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The Milton Margai Technical University (MMTU) has organised the first parents/guardians/lecturers conference at the Great Hall of the Goderich campus in Freetown at which event parents observed the increase in lesbianism and homosexuality in the country as well as the need for the MMTU to put premium on technical education.

At the end of the conference, the recommendations will be included in the MMTU’s five–year strategic plan.

Various lecturers revealed that the academic performance and discipline of the students are high as the competition is stiff among students, that lecturers are motivated and that lecture notes are posted online as well as the hard copies distributed to students. 

The innovative practices at MMTU are partnership, teaching methods, student follow-ups, new payment plan for fees, flexible working hours for lecturers to attend to students even outside lecture rooms and religious activities supported by the administration.

The Principal and Vice Chancellor of MMTU, Professor Dr. Philip John Kanu enlightened that he has warned staff not to meddle with students, especially female students, since they are at the center of all what the college does, that sexual harassment is a serious crime, that CCTV cameras are installed on campus and that staff salaries are now paid on time.

He continued that upon graduation they want the students to be self-reliant and have confidence in what they do, the reason they are trained to perform practically, entreated parents to be committed to their children and be interested in what they do stressing that they must put premium on education as he cares about their academic performance but noted that some of students have health problems and other challenges.

Dr. Kanu also revealed that he treats his students with respect and that he prays for them to become presidents, ministers and hold other top positions, that he regularly holds meetings with them, assured the parents that their children and wards and in good hands, underlined that Sierra Leone needs proactive leaders intimating that students and lecturers are evaluated regularly to ensure quality performance.

He also disclosed that parents can now pay fees through Africell money in installments, that he has good students, that since his appointment there has been no protest and urged the parents to continue to monitor their children stating that government has secured funding to rehabilitate the three campuses of the university.

According to Professor Dr. Kanu, there is also the Principal’s Forum where students complain about their academic work, raise other issues affecting them and that the Guidance Counseling Department counsels them and that cultism has been banned.

The Vice Principal and Director of Studies, MMTU, Dr. Mohamed Alie Jalloh observed that the presence of parents at the conference indicates that they hold the institution in high esteem, that the event was for them to know what is happening in the institution, that parents care for their children and wards and appealed to them to help their children in their studies underscoring that the Technical University is a novelty in the country as they want to make a change.

He continued that MMTU is a family, that they exist for the students, the community and industries and encouraged the parents to make salient contributions on the way forward for the institution.

Earlier the Registrar of MMTU, Sherifu Bangura emphasised that the college is concern about their students, one of the reasons for the conference to bring the concerns of students to the attention of parents.

Presentations were also made by Madam Aminata Bangura on interships, teaching practice after which students write reports at the end and students exchange programs assuring that the best students are sent for exchange programs, the Dean of the Faculty of Education, Elizabeth Taylor-Morgan on discipline, Samuel Kargbo on examinations and Bockarie Sillah on the registration process.

Other topics discussed included academic performance, discipline, absenteeism, examination malpractices, cultism and public lectures.

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