Teachers of the Freetown Secondary School for Girls, (FSSG) have been blamed squarely for inciting the demonstration of pupils through the streets of Freetown last Tuesday.
The accusation is based on the fact that all the teachers have been asked to re-apply to the schools trustees before June 1, this year- something which reportedly did not go down well with them (teachers).
So it is further alleged that some of them incited the pupils that transforming the school into a private entity come September does not mean well for them as fees would be increased to an exorbitant amount.
However, this fear had been put to rest by Trustee Mrs. Awoonor-Renner and former Principal Mrs. Cassandra Gerber when they made an appearance over Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) Lunch Time programme yesterday.
Trustee Awoonor-Renner disclosed that the new fees that would come into effect in September is that new entrants would have to pay Le275, 000 while that of continuous pupils would have to be Le220.000.
Accordingly those in Senior Secondary School (SSS) for new entrants would be Le375, 000 and for those enrolled in the school would be Le320, 000. This is contrary to what the pupils were made to understand that the fees would be in the region of Le1.5 million.
However, old girls Awoko dialogued with are unhappy over the streets demonstration by the pupils. According to Fatmata Kamara, “it’s an eyesore to see these children holding anti- placards against the privatization of the school.”
She further indicated, she could not understand why they are shouting that the fees are going to be high when privatized, when they are paying more on extra lessons conducted by some of the teachers.
These disgruntled teachers would not think of conducting extra lessons when the school is privatized, she affirmed and stressed, “If they do not want to comply with the directives of the trustees they should simply resign their position and not drag the school’s name into the mud when efforts are being made to revamp it to its past glory.”
Meanwhile the Principal of the JSS Mrs. Davis explained to Awoko that ever since the demonstration calmness has returned to the school and the pupils are back to their normal school activities.
She further disclosed that whatever is pertinent to the privatization of the school is a decision that has to be taken by board members and that for the time being they are running the school as it is.