School teachers in ‘money for admission’ scam
Mr. Conteh and Kenneth Macauley, both teachers of the Albert Academy Secondary School (AA) are reportedly in the midst of a ‘money for admission’ scam.
Francis Kamara, a former pupil of the Ansarul Muslim Secondary School, and whose next school of choice was Albert Academy, sat the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) but was unsuccessful and could not attain entry requirements for admission to the school.
Kamara, according to our findings, approached a teacher of the school (AA); a Mr. Conteh, and asked him to get him admission in the school.
Kamara paid Le500, 000 to teacher Conteh as an admission fee.
Teacher Conteh, we are told, deceitfully did not hand over the money to the school’s bursar or principal, who by policy, is charged with such duties, but put same into his pocket and asked the boy (Francis) to join his class (SSS1).
Barely a year passed, and under the manipulation of teacher Conteh, Francis was promoted to SS2.
While at SS2, teacher Conteh unceremoniously left the Albert Academy School leaving Francis as an unregistered pupil.
Sources have it that on November 29th this year; Kamara sought the help of another teacher, a Mr. Kenneth Macaulay who apparently teaches during the morning shift.
Kamara paid to teacher Macauley a sum totaling Le450, 000 as supposed admission fee.
After collecting the amount from Kamara, we are told, teacher Macauley promised he will prevail the school’s auditor to help him to the principal so that the boy will be granted admission into the school.
It was later observed that teacher Kamara then converted the money he had received from Kamara to his own benefit.
Reports say however that news about such happening reached the principal of the school (SSS level), Mr. Albert Kawa, but late.
The date for registration of pupils was already closed, particularly WASSCE entries and this press was informed that Kamara has complained to the local unit commander of Eastern Police Division, Chief Superintendent Olivia Tarawally.
Police source say that teacher Macauley has confessed receiving money from Kamara, but promised he would refund same on 30th November 2011.
It is also disclosed that the school principal, Albert Kawa intends to institute an investigation against the forenamed teachers and promised re-admitting the boy.
He frowned at the conduct of his teachers and said: “they are newly recruited teachers. Punitive measures shall be taken against any teachers found defrauding vulnerable pupils,” he said.
By Emma Black
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