MASTERING BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION IN EDUCATION AND AFRICAN POLITICS (The Sierra Leone Chapter)
A Student Assignment Approach REVISED & IMPROVED EDITION
About the Book
Mastering Business Administration in Education and African Politics (the Sierra Leone Chapter) This is a revised and improved edition of your book, and as I have already been told, it is quite up-to-date with far more relevant information that address education, educational business, and political issues in Africa in particular, and how these are disturbing educational developments, especially in sub-Sahara and also with suggestions for improvements. According to Mohan Kaul, the co-chairman of Commonwealth Business Council, “giving the challenges ahead, governments have realized that it is beyond their capacity and means to achieve the task of improving education for all.” However, Patrick Dlamini, Chief Executive of Development Bank of South Africa, sited what has gone wrong with sudden growth of private schooling outside state control. “The government is having problems of retaining seasoned teachers. Private schooling is poaching the best of brains from the public schooling system, and the government is left with poor-quality teaching and inexperienced teachers because now the private sector has taken the ‘crème de la crème.’ How do you balance that?” But business is business, and business is about getting the customers what they want and satisfying them most. If African governments are unable to provide what people prefer most, people have the right to choose from existing alternatives so that they can spend their hard earnings on what they want and what can satisfy them most as long as they have the ability and willingness to pay for them. That is the dictation of free-market philosophy. Mohamed Sannoh, Methodist Boys’ High School, Kissy Mess Mess, Freetown.
About the Author
Mohamed Sannoh suffered from tribalism in his native Sierra Leone, but life brought him to the United Kingdom with educational success at the Institute of Commercial Management and the Universities of Sunderland, Abertay Dundee, and Keele. He returned to Africa and introduced the Institute of Commercial Management (ICM) education programmes in the education system of Sierra Leone in 1993 and also in the Gambia in 1997 when he was the ICM regional coordinator for West Africa, responsible for marketing and educational development. Having taught business studies in various educational institutions in Sierra Leone and the Gambia, including his alma mater, the Methodist Boys’ High School (Laboramus Expectantes) in Freetown, Management Development Institute, Nusrat Senior School, and Institute of Professional Administration and Management in the Gambia, he is currently lecturing and researching at the Sharp Development Solutions (SDS) College in London. Mohamed Sannoh will soon be returning to Sierra Leone to introduce a different education system but will focus on rural education development to improve and develop primary, secondary, and vocational education facilities for village settings with the view of enabling young people in the villages to discover their environment resourceful and to avoid rural migration to urban slumps. Mohamed has completed extensive research on both the politics and education systems of Africa. His recent research coverage includes the causes and solutions to Africa’s civil conflicts, due for publication very soon. “Civil conflicts will never end in Africa until African politicians get their priorities right by providing educational sponsorships for unprivileged, rather than wasting state funds on constructing high roads and big buildings to flash public impressions. Education is for life, and once a people of a nation are provided with quality education, they are able to look after themselves well without too much interference of their governments.” Why can’t we have this in Africa?