Girl students are increasingly steering away from early marriage in order to attain higher education to earn more income as mothers in the future to support their children in the future. Now that all the advocacy programmes against early marriage and teenage pregnancy are being respected by many girls, poverty is preventing many of them from being enrolled at the UTG, The Gambia College and other tertiary institutions after attaining the qualification to be enrolled.
Section 30 of the Constitution states:
“Right to Education
All persons shall have the right to equal educational opportunities and facilities and with a view to achieving the full realisation of that right –
(a) basic education shall be free, compulsory and available to all;
(b) secondary education, including technical and vocational education, shall be made generally available and accessible to all by every appropriate means, and in particular, by the progressive introduction of free education;
(c) higher education shall be made equally accessible to all, on the basis of capacity, by every appropriate means, and in particular, by progressive introduction of free education;”
Any Government that is put in office has the responsibility to progressively introduce free education at the higher level.
Foroyaa will interview the relevant authorities to find out whether there had been any attempt to progressively introduce fee education at the higher level.