Porno In Schools

-42 Mobile Phones Seized
By Joseph S. Margai

Chernor Sahid Kamara, Principal of Schlenker Secondary School, Port Loko

The Principal of the Schlenker Secondary School in Port Loko, Northern Province, Chernor Sahid Kamara has seized 42 mobile phones from students who were caught viewing pornographic materials in class during teaching period.
The Principal made this disclosure at his office during an interview with this press on the performances of the school in public examinations.
According to Mr. Kamara, most of the pupils in his school have developed the habit of playing and viewing pornographic materials while teachers are in front of them teaching. This, he said, causes them to be distracted from the lessons taught. He added that there are others who play music and concentrate on Facebook, WhatSapp, among other social media outfits, while the teachers are wasting their time to impart knowledge in them.
He said the social media is highly misused in his school as most of the students could no longer write letters to their parents for help but have resorted to sending abbreviated messages on whatSapp and Facebook.
“I called up the parents of the defaulting pupils to a meeting and I handed over the mobile phones to them. I categorically told them that it is not wrong to buy mobile phones for their children but that the children are misusing them,” The Principal said. He said they had fruitful discussions and at the end of the meeting, he said he was authorized to punish any of their children who go against the ethics of the classroom.”
He said because of the monitoring mechanisms that they have adopted in the school, most of the pupils have been performing extremely well in public exams. He cited one Sorie Ibrahim Kanu who got ‘aggregate seven’ in eight subjects in the past Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) results.
“We have been making efforts to get good results because in schools like theses situated in the provinces, it is very difficult to attract trained and qualified teachers. We are making good use of the few available ones as well as making the atmosphere very conducive for them to stay,” he said.
Asked about the problems that his school faces, C.S Kamara hastened to disclose that they have 13 teachers who are not on the government payroll. He noted that funds that should have been used to address other problems of the school are being used to pay stipend to those teachers.
Besides that, he added, we are having problem in acquiring science laboratory apparatuses especially those of physics which are very expensive and difficult to come by.
“Our school is a center for students who write science practical within Port Loko during the West Africa Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). If we have problems with our science equipment, it affects all the science pupils from other schools during the examinations,” he said.
Abdul Raman Koroma, the teacher in-charge of the Biology, Chemistry and Physics said the science laboratory in the school lacks modern equipment. He added that there is an urgent desire to get them so as to enhance teaching and learning.
Asked why most students are afraid to offer science courses, he disclosed that most of them are being discouraged by their friends who threaten them of doing more mathematics than literature in the sciences.
“Also, science materials which are not seen when teaching discourage them. For instance, if I’m teaching about acid, spectrometers, thermometers, which are not available for the students to see, they will not be interested in the subject,” he said. Electricity supply, he said is also a major challenge particularly during science practical classes.
There are also reports of similar practices in other schools particularly in the cities.