The Public Sector Reform Unit (PSRU) presents the findings and recommendations from the Management and Functional Review (MFR) conducted on the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE) of the Republic of Sierra Leone, with the complimentary support of the Human Resource Management Office (HRMO). The Review Team was able to examine the challenges, service delivery functions, institutional structure and staffing of the Ministry to enhance its overall performance potentials. The Review Team was also able to determine the appropriateness of the current operating structure with critical attention to the organizational ethos that are fundamental to delivering on priorities of the Government of Sierra Leone, with respect to the effective delivery of basic and senior secondary school education.
The Review Team proposed changes to the administrative system and processes of the Ministry, so as to achieve its mandate enshrined in Education Act 2004, as well as the Government’s Flagship programme of Free Quality Education initiative. The recommendations proffered in this report are intended to build on solid foundations of the current management system and to also make adequate use of complimentary support or opportunities from the Government, Donor partners, and other stakeholders of the Education Sector. The Review Team took account of the dynamic changes needed, and as such make special cases for the creation of new Directorates, new Units, and new Positions in the proposed revised organogram of the Ministry.
The Review Team commenced the MFR process with a preliminary consultative meeting held with the leadership including the Minister, Senior and Middle Management staff of the Ministry during which presentation was made on the scope, methodology, approaches and resources needed to conduct the MFR. A field exercise was conducted to assess the decentralized institutional infrastructure of MBSSE, and to also have one-on-one interviews with staff in the District Offices.
Though the MFR process has been a collaborative exercise involving PSRU and HRMO, the full commitment was needed from the leadership of the Ministry. As it worth giving credit where credit is due, PSRU would like to commend the leadership commitment exhibited by the Minister and the Permanent Secretary towards the accomplishment of this MFR. However, all attempts have been made to represent the views expressed during one-on-one interviews and Focus Group Discussion at the District Level, and responses from questionnaires as accurately as possible.