Unfortunately, in this and some other African forums, the “big grammar” and chest-beating is often about understanding (or not understanding) this and that piece of “simple English” and never about understanding or writing the same kind of stuff in Themne, Mende, Kissi, Yoruba or Krio.
As Oscar Wilde says in Part One of his “With some remarks upon THE IMPORTANCE OF DOING NOTHING”,
Ernest : “I dislike modern memoirs. They are generally written by people who have either entirely lost their memories, or have never done anything worth remembering; which, however, is, no doubt, the true explanation of their popularity, as the English public always feels perfectly at its ease when mediocrity is talking to it.
Gilbert : “Yes; the public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius...”
With regard to the past ten years of APC rule, some people's memory is short, they remember none of the good, only remember the bad , as you know, “the good is oft interred with their bones” - so , dear AFK, many thanks for reminding all of us of some of the good , even though you do not mention the hundreds of miles of new macadamised roads that were under construction in Sierra Leone, thanks to the APC....
One of the things I continue to appreciate about Dr. Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara is that his commitment was ( is?) to ensuring that Sierra Leone becomes a middle income country by 2035 – a much more realistic date than some other unscrupulous politicians whose wont it usually is to promise that heaven will be brought down to mother earth within their first mandate period. When Dr. Kamara said ”by 2035”, of course, I thought it was unwise of him to speak that kind of hopeful truth, since most people don't want to have to wait that long, they usually want to hear about the here and now, they want promises of instantaneous change , not promises of middle income by a time when we don't even know if the planet would not have finally come to an end through a nuclear holocaust. (On the other hand, the religious people who believe in Heaven would like to tarry here on earth as long as possible)
What you say about ”Election promises” or ”valfläsk” as the phenomenon is known in democratic Sweden, comes as no surprise. That Brer Bio is braying about this in the second week of his presidency is testimony of high seriousness about the matter - that it's not just ”valfläsk” for the simple reason that it is a priority that occupies a very important position in the SLPP's New Direction agenda. A few weeks ago when I compared the APC manifesto with that of the SLPP's New Direction I found that the SLPP agenda had much greater detail about their education programme : I invite you to take a look at it, if you have not already done so.
Don't you think that the “free primary and secondary education “ that you aver President Bio proposes is both good and necessary ? As to your pessimism : “The inability for Bio to comprehend how prohibitive the financial burden will be is why I say that he is either mentally deficient or he advocated it just to get votes “, you may be right, but only very temporarily :last night, talking to one who knows, I was told that Bio can't even pay out salaries for the month of April, that it's that bad. I mentioned aid from UNESCO the IMF etc. and my source laughed. Don't I know that structural adjustment programs always demand taking away subsidies from education ( as happened with Jerry Rawlings, in his time)?
Free education just means that student fees are abolished , right? In that case what will be needed is more schools, more teachers more school equipment, text books, computers. All of this will not be achieved in one day..
Professor Sengbe are you there? I suppose that the Saro diaspora is capable of raising funds for this programme . Over here there's a singularly impressive example of the Peagie Foday Scholarship Fund . Such efforts could be multiplied a thousand fold …
If it's Bio's choice that “80% of the cabinet ministers are South Easterners mainly Mendes and their cousins Kissis.” - it's not the wisest thing to do but it's still alright with me, as long as they can do the job.
Re . “the SLPP Pa-o-Pa's are busy brutalizing Northerners in the North East thereby causing a massive refugee situation “ What has President Bio done about this bad news ?