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School reopenings and related acts of corruption

School reopenings and related acts of corruption

The attention of the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC] has been drawn to alleged acts of corruption associated with the reopening of schools for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Investigations have revealed that school personnel harass and demand from unsuspecting parents unlawful as well as illegal charges. Equally so, parents offer monies to teachers and Heads of Schools to facilitate enrollment, promotion and transfers.

The ACC reiterates that it is an offence to offer an advantage (bribe) to a Public Officer (including Education Secretaries, Principals, and Teachers), and also an offence for a Public Officer to solicit monies from vulnerable parents seeking basic education for their children.

The incidence of reports against conduct referred to above has heightened the ACC’s resolve to accelerate monitoring of School Management, more especially on examinations and end of year transactions.

The Ministry of Education, Conference of Principals, and the Sierra Leone Teachers Union are urged to take appropriate action with a view to initiation of investigations and administrative disciplinary actions as and when deemed necessary. Further, to report and make referrals of such cases to the ACC.

Persons found to be in violation of the Anti Corruption Act of 2008, shall be prosecuted and face the full penalty of the law!

The general public is assured that the Commission is more determined than ever before to FEo-make Sierra Leone free of the stigma of corruption.

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