20th January 2018
MP Says Principals Should Run Private Schools Freely in Sierra Leone
By Parliament PR (10/02/16)
A Sierra Leone parliamentarian has advised private school proprietors to allow principals to freely administer the schools in the country.
Honourable Sulaiman Mulku Sisay has reminded school authorities about provisions in the Education Act of 2004 relating to the composition of the Boards and noted that proprietors are not the owners of the private schools. Hon Mulku Sisay also said that the principals should be allowed to run the schools freely as they are the ones accountable to the government. (Pictured: Education Minister Dr. Minkailu Bah).
Representatives of the Auditor General in the three regions told participants that these issues discussed are responsible for the development of the country, and that classes A, B, and C chiefdoms will be audited from time to time to enhance national development.
They also explained about the audit process spanning from the engagement letter, the audit, the management response, the exit conference, quality control and the report writing before tabling in Parliament for the attention and action of the PAC. The Auditors emphasised that Sierra Leone will not develop until the taxes are collected and used prudently to achieve the intended purpose.
The Paramount Chiefs for the three districts acknowledged that they have not been accountable for a long time, and encouraged their staff to build their capacity for the task ahead or risk losing their jobs. They also called on them to implement what they had learnt during the conference, and pass the message to those who were not present.
Some of the questions and answers were hinged on teacher recruitment, retention and conditions of service, arrears, rotational teachers, act/policy which takes precedence over the other, salary for court chairmen and clerks.
Withholding taxes and qualified vendors, capacity building and enabling working environment for chiefdom authorities, illiterate court chairmen and clerks, printing of tax receipts, tax disclosure, rebate and evidence of work with tax funds were some of the things discussed among others.
Courtesy: Department of Public Relations Parliament of Sierra Leone OAU Drive, Freetown