Rokel School Rejects Fees from Female Pupils
Government Rokel Junior Secondary School is one of the first schools in the Western Area to admit girl pupils without asking them to pay school fees, even those that are newly admitted into the school this year. This move, according to parents and guardians, has given them so much relief considering the economic problems most parents and guardians face nowadays.
Mabinty Bangura of the Leicester Road community informed this press in a vox pop conducted that three of her daughters could have dropped out of school had it not been for the commitment government has made towards paying for the girl pupils. “I was glad to hear from the principal that we are not going to pay school fees”, Mabinty expressed happily.
Cross checking with Principal of the Government Rokel Secondary School, Mr. Slyvester Meheaux , he confirmed that as Chairman of the Conference of Principals for the Western Area, he has to set an example and ensure that his school works with the proposals of government. According to him, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology had promised that fees for girls would be paid in order to boost the low rate of girl-child education in Sierra Leone.
Mr. Meheaux has encouraged parents and guardians to pay more attention to their school going children so that they will end up developing the country. He advised that they should ensure that their children go to school on time and pay more attention to what they are taught in class.
However, Mr. Meheaux has taken disciplinary action against pupils that fail to attend school the first week of school and according to him, he wants to break the culture of absenteeism from classes. He disclosed that teachers are currently turning up for effective teachings.
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