Archbishop Condemns Exploitation in Schools
The Archbishop in the Diocese of Freetown, Tamba Charles has slammed ban on all graduation ceremonies for primary school leavers in all Catholic schools in the Western Area Urban.
The Archbishop made the pronouncement public during an Interview with Umaru Fofanah on 28th May, 2018 on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) World Service. In that interview, Archbishop Tamba Charles told the interviewer that extortion by school authorities in the name of “graduation” has reached its height and needed to be stopped with immediate effect for all Catholic schools in Freetown.
The Head of the Catholic Mission said he would also instruct that charges be “considerably reduced” for preschool graduation for pupils entering primary schools, noting that the Catholic Church owns and runs many of the schools in the country.
He also noted that the Catholic Churches in Sierra Leone have been very supportive in the area of affordable and quality education for decades since its establishment in the country and vow to continue working with the same pace in the interest of the poor.
“It is not clear whether these new measures will extend to schools in other Dioceses in most areas in the provinces,” said Archbishop Tamba Charles, whilst he accused school authorities nationwide of charging exorbitant fees for such graduation ceremonies.
He therefore appealed to teachers to be considerate in their work to promote national development and pray for the nation to succeed in its drive to implement the free education scheme from primary to secondary schools during the 2018-2019 academic year which commences in September.
Reacting to Archbishop Tamba Charles’s ban on graduation ceremonies for primary school leavers, a concerned parent commended the man of God for taking the bold decision that could save impoverished parents and guardians from blatant exploitation by school authorities.
By Alhassan Bangura
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