Two teachers sat behind a desk on the first floor school corridor with piles of identification cards in one corner and money scattered on the other side of the table, as they called on pupils from a list that was in front of them to pay and collect their ID’s.
Pupils of the Muslim Congress Secondary School who crowded the school’s stairway and corridor waited patiently for their names to be called.
Morning session Principal, Mohamed S Mansaray was in his office on the same floor “unaware about the extra Le 2,000 charges levied on the pupils before collecting their identification cards,” according to him.
Mr Mansaray disclosed that the Le 2,000 extra charges might be for a certification programme organised by the school’s Human Rights club, but rather paradoxically, the teacher in charge of the HR club said that the pupils were not compelled to pay for the show, “only students who were interested are to pay for the show,” disclosed the teacher, “and it is not compulsory,” he said.
However, morning session Vice Principal – Ibrahim Cole said, he is aware of the Le 2,000 extra charges for the ID card, “this is meant for the holder of the ID card we want to ensure uniformity,” he said.
Mr Cole also disclosed that it is charges that they have maintained over the years adding that it is not obligatory “but it is necessary to have to guarantee the safety of the ID cards” he advised.