Freetown, SIERRA LEON E – In an effort to uphold transparency and accountability in Sierra Leone’s education system, the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE) commenced investigations on Friday, December 1, 2023, into allegations of corruption involving secondary school Principals during the ongoing SSS1 admission process.
The catalyst for this inquiry was a viral video circulating on social media, featuring a student from Annie Walsh Memorial School (AWMS) accusing the school’s principal of engaging in extortion.
Responding promptly, MBSSE Minister Conrad Sackey, accompanied by a specialized team, initiated action on Saturday, November 25, 2023. The focus of their efforts began with Western Area Grade A School Principals, who were promptly summoned to a meeting at the Ministry’s Conference Room.
During the meeting, principals were directed to submit their 2023/2024 SSS1 admission lists, including the attached BECE results of admitted pupils, and the SSS1 repeaters list. This documentation was then forwarded to the Teaching Service Commission (TSC).
The MBSSE, in collaboration with the TSC, is set to conduct a meticulous examination of these lists against the schools’ applicant results and their previous SSS1 class registers. Chief Education Officer Professor Yatta Kanu and TSC Chairperson Mr Lansana Kelfala will lead this comprehensive scrutiny.
The primary goal is to identify instances of enrolling students with grades below the agreed cut-off grades and without the Ministry’s approval. Additionally, the investigation aims to uncover any enrolment of repeater students not included in the previous year’s class register.
The subsequent actions will be determined by the findings derived from this thorough examination of the provided documents. This initiative underscores the commitment of the MBSSE to maintain the integrity of the education system and address any corrupt practices that may compromise the quality of education for Sierra Leonean students. MJB/4/12/2023