By SaikouSuwarehJabai The newly appointed Principal of the Gambia College, Mr. Jallow, has said that quality education lies on the top of his institution’s priority. Mr. Jallow, who since 2005, respectively rose through the ranks of lecturer, senior lecturer, deputy registrar, actingregistrar, and registrar, expressed his delight over his appointment to this prestigious position. As the then registrar, he said he has a smooth and gradual transition to his new office as he was virtually running the affairs of the college even though there was a general overseer. He unveiled plans of motivating his hardworking staff and improving the college’s infrastructural condition as some parts are dilapidated due to the intensive use as a result of rise in population. He said he is currently working with the Work Supervisor in trying to get some of the toilet systems changed from the flush nature to pit latrines which will later be emptied into septic tanks. This, he said, will be more effective and durable. Speaking on quality education, the principal said the college has now raised the entry requirement bar so as to enroll better students who will be well equipped teachers to serve the country. “If you improve on the quality of intakes, then you are likely to get better students and if you provide them with resources, they will use the resources better and eventually come out as qualitative graduates,” he noted. Asked to shed light on the late payment of stipends, Principal Jallow said it depends on when and how much money they have to share. He said the college is not financially strong enough to pay the stipends and as a result, it waits for subventions in order to settle the students. He said that money comes from the tax payer’s money and noted that the college is the only institution where one gets quality education for free and still gets paid during their course. The principal finally thanked the entire college community for the understanding and cooperation they have shown to his administration in their quest to make the Gambia College an internationally recommended center of academic excellence. Speaking to the Gambia College year 3 students recently during their passing out ceremony at the school, the Deputy Permanent Secretary for Programs at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Momodou S. Jallow, seized the opportunity to congratulate the principal on his new appointment. He said this development is as a result of the selfless national service Principal Jallow continues to render to the Gambia College and hoped that his new post will help him to accelerate the development of the institution in achieving its desired goals. He reiterated the principal’s take on quality education, saying the decision to raise the entry requirement bar is a clear manifestation of the college’s commitment to quality education.