ACC Targets Schools

As part of ACC’s commitment to reach out to every nook and cranny, to conscript pupils from both Junior and Senior Secondary schools into the anti-graft force; and at the same time, impress in them the culture of patriotism, integrity and accountability; the Anti-Corruption Commission has on Wednesday 20th April 2016 taken the fight against corruption to both pupils and teachers of various secondary schools in Binkolo.
This venture which was meant to caution both heads of schools and teachers to desist from illegal charges that have become a common practice in schools today targeted the Binkolo Catholic Junior and Senior Secondary schools and also the Allhadi Junior Secondary school.
Giving the background to this engagement, Muctarr Bah, as Intern from Fourah Bay College (FBC) spoke about the core values to which the Commission is dedicated as integrity, impartiality, professionalism and coalition building. The Intern from F.B.C said meeting with secondary school pupils was part of ACC’s effort to capture the minds of youngsters, while in school. He therefore encouraged both teachers and pupils to pay keen attention to what will be said by officials of the Commission.
Expounding on the practices considered illegal in schools; Senior Public Education Officer, Al-hassan Sesay highlighted a number of negative activities that have helped derail the education of this nation. Mr. Sesay identified bribery for marks, either in kind or cash, as a practice that frustrates hard work, competitive spirit and tolerates academic laziness; to which the Commission frowns. In as much as pupils should not give bribes to earn marks, the teachers on the other hand should have the locus standard to resist the temptation of corruption, Sesay added. The Senior Public Education Officer, Al-Hassan Sesay mentioned; paying for the submission of assignment, the collection of report card, for late coming or absenteeism, as practices that are completely unacceptable. He therefore cautioned those in the habit of extorting money from pupils and unsuspecting parents to desist, hence forth.
Al-Hassan Sesay spoke about the falling standards in the educational system, and the advent of mass promotion. Sesay stated that children don’t study hard these days but depend on dubious means for their promotion to the next level. Teachers absent themselves from school for no good reason, which he referred to as time theft. He however implored heads of schools to put mechanisms in place to mitigate corruption in schools.
Earlier in his presentation, Senior Public Education Officer, David Kanekey Conteh enumerated the rationale for engaging school pupils on issues relating to graft. He indicated that the future of every nation rest upon the younger generation, who will soon take over the affairs of the state. If as a nation, we are to enjoy sustainable development, it is highly contingent upon how we prepare the youths to face the future. The Senior Public Education Officer further stated that education is not just the transmission of knowledge, but also of morals. He therefore encouraged pupils to imbibe the virtue of integrity even at that age. He further outlined series of practices pupils will involve in that indicates low level of integrity, and which will not help them in their future endeavors.
Responding to the presentations by ACC staff, principals of various secondary schools; Desmond Bondi of Binkolo Catholic Junior Secondary School, John S. Kanu of Binkolo Catholic Senior Secondary School and Foday Alusine Bangura of Allhadi Islamic Secondary School admitted to the need for such engagement with both teachers and pupils of their schools, by ACC. This meeting they said, has helped opened their eyes to many issues they thought were never unlawful. They however promised the Commission that they will take all necessary steps to eradicate corruption in their schools.