In its determination to address the numerous reports of corrupt practices in schools in the northern region, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has taken the fight against illegal charges to 10 Secondary Schools in Magburaka.
In a four days sensitization drive titled ‘Meet the Schools Campaign’, officers of the Northern Regional Office of ACC addressed pupils of all Secondary Schools in Magburaka about corrupt practices in their schools and how they can join the Commission to stop them.
Speaking at the start of the campaign on Monday 17th January 2011 at the Baptist Secondary School in Magburaka, Public Education Officer of ACC, Mr. Al- Hassan Sesay lamented that one of the main factors inhibiting the provision and delivery of effective services in the schools is the sustained presence of corruption.
He said the schools have been plagued with corrupt practices such as: teachers asking pupils to pay some amount of money before their assignments and test papers are marked; teachers forcing pupils to buy pamphlets and pay for extra lessons and examination malpractices.
Also illegal admission, falsification of examination results, payment for collection of report cards and BECE/WASSCE results among many practices.
Sesay emphasized that all these practices fall under the offences in the 2008 Act. He urged the pupils to maintain discipline and desist from corrupt practices.
Addressing pupils of the respective schools during the campaign, Miss Fatmata Finda Bockarie called on them to report to the Commission any act of corruption in their schools. She emphasized that as students they have a role to play if corruption is to be wiped out in the schools.
She assured them of the Commissions’ full protection if they make a report. Bockarie urged the pupils to say bye- bye to corruption and no to corruption. ACC mobile hot lines were made available to the pupils to enable them to have access to the Commission.
In his address, ACC’s District Coordinator for Tonkolili Abdulai Saccoh emphasized that the Commission is now closer to the people of Magburaka. He called on the pupils and teachers of the respective schools to change their corrupt attitude and support the Commission.
At the end of each address, the pupils and teachers were given the opportunity to ask questions which were answered by ACC officers.
The schools visited are; Government Secondary School for Girls Benevolent Islamic Secondary School, SLMB Secondary School, Pampana High School and St. Joseph’s Vocational Secondary School.
Also St. Thomas Secondary School, Government Secondary School for Boys,
Missionary Church of Africa Junior Secondary School and Baptist Secondary School.
The campaign ended Thursday 20th January 2011 at the National Commercial Secondary School.