ACC Engages Pupils

 

By Ayodele Deen-Cole

In order to sensitize pupils on reducing malpractices in schools, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) recently organized a day conference for several integrity clubs established in schools within the Western Area Urban District at the St. Anthony’s Parish Hall in Freetown.

The conference, which attracted fifteen secondary schools, brought together hundreds of pupils and concerned stakeholders.

Formally opening the conference, the ACC’s Senior Public Education Officer, Al-Hassan Sesay emphasized the relevance and responsibilities of the integrity clubs.

According to Al-Hassan Sesay, there are currently thirty-seven integrity clubs nationwide, including fifteen in the Western Area, adding that the ACC decided to establish the clubs to help reduce malpractices in the educational sector.

He disclosed that the anti-graft agency had been receiving lots of complaints from the educational sector and that they are using those clubs to catch and train young people on how to maintain integrity and to inculcate the concept of self-confidence.

Mr. Sesay called on the pupils to serve as watchdogs of their schools and alarm any issue of malpractice and corruption that would involve their principals or head of institutions. He also urged members to show integrity among themselves and become role models.

ACC’s Senior Public Education Officer further encouraged the pupils to design their own programmes instead of waiting on ACC to do it for them.

One of the team leaders of the Freetown Secondary School for Girls (FSSG) Integrity Clubs, Mr. Sesay, who is a teacher of the school, expressed thanks and appreciation to the ACC for organizing the conference and called on the anti-graft agency to help address some of the challenges facing the integrity clubs which, according to him, include lack of adequate number of promotional materials.

Mr. Sesay furthered that those challenges are very demotivating to club members and appealed to the ACC to help them surmount those challenges.