The Teaching Service Commission (TSC) has resolved that Vice Principal, Aminata D. Sesay, and Senior Teacher, Alex Tarawalie of the Freetown Secondary School for Girls (FSSG) must “refund” the Le3,000 per day, which they collected from pupils as lesson fees for English and Math classes held over the holiday break. The TSC further resolved that both teachers should be suspended for the month of January without salaries, which will serve as “a warning and deterrent to all other teachers that anyone found extorting students will be held accountable.” Section 2.1.2(j), 7.5(e) and 4.2(g) of the Code of Conduct for Teachers, states, “Teachers and other education personnel shall not engage in unauthorized collection of school funds, extra lessons or illegal charges and any form of corrupt practices within the school environment”. On Tuesday, 1st December 2019, the staff of the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE) conducted an unannounced school visit to the Freetown Secondary School for Girls (FSSG), in Brookfields.
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The staff of MBSSE discovered that pupils were asked by these two teachers to attend English and Math classes for a Le3,000 daily fee. The MBSSE team interviewed several school staff including the Principal, pupils, school Secretary and the maintenance staff during the supervision visit and discovered the Principal, Kuyembeh, was not aware of the arrangement by the two teachers. Furthermore, the Principal had previously issued a memo, signed by all the teachers, warning against such acts of extortion from pupils by teachers. On 20 December 2019, the Ministry staff informed the Teaching Service Commission of the incident at FSSG and the teacher who had extorted money from pupils going against the Ministry and Government of Sierra Leone policy.
By Ophaniel Gooding
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