May 11, 2017 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has warned school authorities, especially those in primary schools not to engage in any form of malpractice during the conduct of the National Primary School Examination (NPSE) schedule for Saturday May 13, 2017.
According to a statement from the ACC, several complaints were received against teachers and school authorities on allegations of demanding money from parents, guardians and pupils in exchange for facilitating malpractices at Examination Centres in the forthcoming NPSE exam.
The commission stated that the move was contrary to the established position of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and Section 28 of the Anti-Corruption Act of 2008.
“The Commission wishes to reiterate its position that teachers and school authorities must not demand or accept any form of advantage from pupils, parents, guardians and counterpart school authorities,” the ACC said.
The ACC reminded the public that offering and receiving an advantage or bribe, whether solicited or not, was a crime under the Anti-Corruption Act 2008, and that any violation of the said provision would be accordingly prosecuted.
The commission urged parents, pupils, guardians and school authorities to resist such solicitations and offers of bribe and encouraged the public to report any such incidences to the commission.
The country’s anti-graft agency reassured the general public of its undeterred resolve to pursue bribery at all levels in the country.
Meanwhile, while updating civil society organizations and the media at Santano House on the activities of the ACC, Commissioner Ady Macauley spoke about a call he received against seven primary schools alleged to have been involved in malpractice for the NPSE exam.