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Principal to refund pupils WASSE fees

By Matthew Jabby

Principal of the George Washington Secondary School at Wellington, east of the capital Freetown, has come under intense pressure from both pupils and their parents to refund monies he allegedly collected in the form of fees for the 2013/2014 West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

Some of the pupils told Concord Times at the Ross Road police station, where they had gone to complain, that their Principal, Mr. George Washington, allegedly collected Le450,00 (four hundred and fifty thousand Leones) from each pupil on the pretext that he would enable them write the WASSCE exams.

According to the irate pupils, they later came to realise that the school was not registered with the Ministry of Education and therefore would not be allowed to write the exams.

Principal Washington was said to have been reluctant to refund the full amount of money he collected from pupils, instead committing himself to only refund Le250,000 to each pupil.

“We need our money, that is why we’ve come to make an official complaint at the Ross Road police station. We want the authorities to help us get our full money back,” they protested.

Some of the pupils told Concord Times that they are without parents and that they struggled to raise the money to pay their WASSCE fees.

One of the aggrieved parents, Memunatu Kamara, said she was disappointed at the principal, who she said has failed to behave like a role model in the community.

According to information, Mr. Washington was Wednesday invited at the Ross Road police station where he told the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Memunatu Conteh, that he has refunded some of the aggrieved pupils’ monies.

All efforts by this medium to get Mr. Washington’s comments proved futile.