Secondary school students learn about corruption in education

The West Africa Youth Network (WAYN) in partnership with the Patriotic Advocacy Network (PAN SL) engaged pupils from secondary schools in Freetown on the ills of corruption in the educational sector at the Africell Corner on Bathurst Street in Freetown. The theme was, “Combating Injustice, Marginalization & Corruption within the Educational Sector in Sierra Leone.” The Head of Public Education at the Anti-Corruption Commission, Michael Sesay, urged students not to get involved in corruption nor support it. “Pupils must reject, resist and report corrupt practices in schools” the ACC head of Public Education said. The lead facilitator for the educational project, Ansumana Keita centered his training on patriotism. He cited Section 13 (b) of Act No. 6 of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone. Keita said that each and every citizen must imbibe the spirit of nationalism and patriotism in all their undertakings. He maintained that Sierra Leone is hugely divided and most people are using their tribal lens to judge the country. “A house that is divided cannot stand,” Keita said. Janet Kallon, a Board member of PAN-SL, compared Sierra Leone’s educational sector to more advanced countries. She encouraged students to work hard to match international standards by doing research and studying very hard. She further emphasized on the misuse of social media. According to Binta Barrie from Vine Memorial Secondary School, “The engagement was necessary. We have learnt at lot about what corruption is all about and hope to implement those messages and pass them on to some of our colleagues.”

MJB/5/2/20

By Mohamed J. Bah

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