October 30, 2017 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) continues to recognize the fact that the fight against corruption cannot succeed without the strong support of all stakeholders.
The commission has decided to take the fight to schools with the establishment of Integrity Clubs so as to ensure that pupils help them in preaching against corrupt practices schools.
On Friday October 27, 2017, Prince of Wales Junior Secondary School at Kingtom in Freetown becomes the latest school to have an Integrity Club to aid the fight by discouraging exam malpractices.
According to the Public Education Officer at the ACC, Mohamed Abdulai Kabba, the rationale behind the establishment of integrity clubs in schools is to imbibe the culture of integrity in pupils by ensuring that they are always punctual in school and not relying on bribing teachers for grades, but rather study hard to pass exam.
“Our Integrity Clubs is not only for pupils but teachers as well. We are expecting both pupils and teachers to always be punctual in school. Lateness is not good for teachers,” he said and added that integrity is about time and energy put together to have quality work.
He expressed fervent hope that with the establishment of the Integrity Club, pupils of the school, especially of the club will be ready to shape their behavior and attitudes towards their school work and the fight against corruption.
Also, Superintendent Mira Koroma from the Sierra Leone Police spoke about the importance of value, saying that it helps to develop both the country and the family.
He stated that Sierra Leone is losing its value because of the rapid spread o corruption which eaten into the fabric of the society.
“We all need to come together for Sierra Leone to develop. We depend o you pupils in schools for integrity to be actualize in this country,” she said.
Officially launching the Integrity Club, ACC Senior Public Education Officer, Alhassan Sesay said: “The Integrity clubs are not agent of the ACC neither enemies but rather they will enhance pupils about the heels of corruption.”
While disclosing that they have succeeded in establishing twenty-seven (27) Integrity Clubs countrywide with the aim of cultivating integrity in young minds, Mr. Sesay urged members of the club at Prince Wales to be firm in speaking against corrupt practices taken place in the country and encourage their colleagues not to engage in corrupt act.