ACC charts the way forward with education ministry in Bo
In a bid to promote a vibrant and effective education sector in the Southern Region, the ACC Southern Regional Office held a sensitization meeting with key education stake holders in the district starting with the Deputy Direction of Education Mr John Swaray and his key staff in the ministry.
Welcoming the ACC Southern Regional Staff,Mr John Swaray congratulated the ACC staff for the bold step to interface with education stakeholders and zero in the aspect of transparency and accountability as the hallmarks of good governance in the delivery of services. Mr Sawary highlighted some of the successes he has registered for the short period he has assumed the office and expressed delight for the enabling environment created by the government to enhance the promotion of good education in the southern region. He was quick to point out the challenges which have to do with limited staff capacity and training. The Director was however thankful to the higher authorities for the efforts being made to ensure that the teething problem of low wages and late payment of teachers that used to be prevalent in the past has now being gradually addressed. He assured the ACC that the ministry continues to laud the efforts of ACC for the cooperation and collaboration that has existed between them dating as far back as 2005 when the first national anti-corruption strategy was launched. The Deputy Director assured the ACC that under his tenure he would ensure that the corrupt practices perpetrated by individuals within the education sector including teachers will be curtailed.
Responding to the Deputy Director’s statement, Mr Anthony Samu, ACC District Coordinator for the Southern region, expressed positive sentiments on Mr Swaray’s managerial stewardship in the Bo district. He pointed out that in the past school authorities have been complicit in the corrupt practices that were prevalent in the schools.Mr Samu stressed the need for a revamping in the education sector but however expressed appreciation with the powers that be for gradually creating the enabling environment for a boost in the education sector in the country generally. He informed meeting some of the corrupt practices evident in the schools particularly include, illegal admission in schools, holding extra classes at the expense of those poor students who cannot afford to mention but a few.Mr Samu however stated that with the intervention of ACC and other stakeholders these malpractices are gradually on the downside.
Mr Wilfred Bangura Public Education South informed the meeting that the ACC leaves no stone unturned.
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