Secondary Education will be expanded to double the numbers of the government, particularly in the poorer and hitherto deprived regions of the country. In the next five years, the plan is to further upgrade some of the Upper Basic Schools, particularly in the more remote communities, to cater for the transition from grade 9. Private providers and Area Councils and Municipalities will be enabled to operate more at this level particularly in the Greater Banjul Area. The emphasis at this level will more and more focus on Science and Technology studies, the strengthening of which commenced in the last five years. The computer technology programme, which is in its infancy stages, will be further developed and expanded to the lower levels eventually.
It must however be emphasized that promotion at this level will continue to be strictly based on merit, which calls for the extra support of parents to ensure that their children work hard to take full advantage of the vast opportunities that the Government provides and will continue to further improve upon in the next term.