20th July 2017
WAEC Seizes 253 Results as School Authorities Owe the Council Money
By a press release (07/03/17)
WAEC has reportedly refused to release the results of 253 students unless the school authorities pay the money they owe the Council.
The Sierra Leone Legal Aid Board has therefore appealed to the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in Sierra Leone to release the results of two hundred and fifty-three (253) senior secondary pupils of the Trinity International Secondary School in Allen Town in Freetown on compassionate grounds. (Pictured: Education Minister Dr. Minkailu Bah).
In a letter dated 22 February 2017, the Board assured WAEC of efforts at ensuring the school authorities pay the balance owed the Council.
The Board’s intervention follows a complaint from the pupils of the school on Tuesday, February 21 after it emerged WAEC had withdrawn their West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results a week after it was published on the internet.
The spokesperson for the pupils, Agnes Feika said they decided to lodge a complaint with the Legal Aid Board because the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in Freetown had kept them in the dark regarding the investigations. “We went to the CID on Saturday, February 18 and found that the Principal had been released from detention. There was no body to explain to us what was happening. We therefore decided to take the matter to the Board on Tuesday,” she noted.
Agnes said they reported the matter to the CID after WAEC confirmed their worst fears. She said: “The Authorities at WAEC told us our results have been withdrawn; that they will not be released until the school authorities pay the money they owe the Council. The Principal and Proprietor of the school had earlier proffered the same explanation when we confronted them on the issue.”
Reports say the Board got the CID to re-arrest the Principal of the school Mr. Abdulai Mansaray while efforts are made to raise the balance of twenty-seven million Leones (27,000,000) owed WAEC.