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Published On: Thu, Dec 21st, 2023

Prof Gomez SaysMoHERST to Move From Theory to Practice in 2024

Professor Pierre Gomez, minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology has vowed with assurance that 2024 must be a year of delivery where they would move from theory to practice.

Prof Gomez disclosed MoHERST’s plans for next year in an exclusive interview with the VOD Media on the overview of his ministry’s activities for the year 2023, which gave an opportunity to assess and critically discussed the ministry’s challenges encountered, achievements registered likewise plans for the year 2024.

Prof Gomez described the year 2023 a path of continuous progress considering the fact that things are taking a good shape with a wider public awareness of the ministry’s mission and vision, noting that the roadmap to be very much clear and now understood by stakeholders.

He said “2024 must be a year of delivery. We will move from theory to practice, because the Gambian people and the youth in particular want to see the results.”

He added that they would move into the implementation stage of the transformation agenda in 2024 of tertiary and higher education in the Gambia. He noted that they have faced serious financial challenges with a budget of 0.8% of the total Gambia government appropriation. He said for that, they have to engage all development partners to be able to do a lot on their performance.

Minister Gomez said that this year, his ministry was able to do a lot with the move of the University of the Gambia to Faraba Campus which was their main achievement. He said that they are currently working on the second phase, whilst they are also working on their schools.

He revealed that they were able to deliver the TVET program to Ndemban for the first time which has all the dormitories and all facilities needed in all the TVET centers. He said the TVET center in Kanilai has also been completed and ready for lectures to begin February 5, 2024.

“We have already finished all our bills for the students’ loans scheme and we have sent it to be tabled at Cabinet for it to go to parliament in 2024. We also have the Tertiary Higher Education Trusts Fund (TAT) also ready to go to cabinet,” he

revealed.

He advanced that they have also have the research and education fund and the research policy ready for cabinet with other related frameworks and polices which all are already for cabinet.

“The report for the transformation of the Management and Development Institute (MDI) into a civil service college is also ready and the transformation of the Gambia College into a University of Education is also ready for validation and immediately after Christmas to be sent to cabinet among other issues,” he continued.

He revealed that other activities on the TVET Centers’ progressive move include the USET Campus of civil, electrical and mechanical engineering in Brikama would be ready in the coming months to be functional next summer.

He said other parts of his ministry’s plans for 2024 is the completion of the undergoing construction of the new multipurpose TVET centers in Central River Region-North and Kuntaur.

Other TVET centers on the line include at Sapu, Central River Region-South for the agri-business, he noted, adding that another TVET center in Gunjur on fisheries. He concluded that another TVET center would be erected at Nduguma community in the North Bank Region through a private partnership with the Ahmadiyyya Mission.

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