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ACC WARNS SCHOOL AUTHORITIES AGAINST EXTORTION AND ILLEGAL CHARGES

 Ref: ACC/PR/19/014                                                                                                               28th August, 2019

PUBLIC NOTICE


 

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has received, with great concern, several complaints from members of the public alleging that school authorities are engaged in extortion of monies from pupils, parents, and guardians, for the issuance of National Primary School Examination (NPSE) Results, and are demanding unjustified and ineligible admission fees for JSS1 enrolment, among others.

These acts areclearly in breach of Section 28 of the Anti-Corruption Act 2008, which prohibits the offering and soliciting of an advantage; and the principles guiding the Free Quality Education. Therefore, the ACC strongly warns teachers and school authorities against these alleged malpractices.

The Commission wishes to remind teachers and school authorities that receiving an advantage, whether solicited or not, is a crime under the Anti-Corruption Act 2008. Any teacher or school authority caught in the practice, and cannot provide policy justification, will be seriously dealt with in accordance with the law.

Equally, the Commission urges parents and pupils to resist such solicitations and offers of bribes, and other forms of inducements, and rewards, to school authorities. The public is accordingly reminded that offering an advantage, whether solicited or not, is a crime under Section 28 of the Anti-Corruption Act 2008; and any violation of this provision will be accordingly dealt with. In this regard, the public is hereby encouraged to report to the Commission any such solicitations by calling on the following free phone numbers:077-985-985/077-986-986and 515 (all networks).

The Commission wishes to reassure the general public of its relentless resolve to fight all acts of corruption in the Education Sector. 

 For further enquiries on this and other ACC matters, please contact Margaret Murray, the Public Relations Officer on +232-78-832131.

 

 

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ALHASSAN KARGBO

DEPUTY DIRECTOR, PUBLIC EDUCATION AND OUTREACH