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Ex-POW principal calls on gov’t to be paying school fee subsidies on time

By Yusufu S. Bangura

Former principal of the Prince of Wales (POW) Secondary School, Aubrey Nat Jones, yesterday called on the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education to be paying school subsidies on time because it is use to address other areas that are not covered by the Free Quality Education.

Aubrey Nat Jones was the Guest Speaker of the school’s prize giving ceremony held at the school’s campus on Thursday, 31st March.

He thanked and congratulated those that have worked hard for the school over the past years and further pleaded with teachers and school authorities to make things better than how it was in the previous years.

He said the implementation of the Free Quality Education was not easy because it is not everything that is free, citing other areas that government needed to add to make the free quality education completely free.

Mr. Jones said the school has contributed immensely to the training of pupils to become useful citizens in society and that many have contributed to the socio-economic development of the country.

He said the role of a principal is not easy because they need to advocate for their staff, make sure pupils work hard for them to be successful in public exams and make sure the school administration adheres to rules and regulations of the school.

He added that the principal needs to advocate for teachers to have their salaries on time and the government needs to verify teachers or they leave the classroom for better opportunities.

He continues that teachers should not be blamed for poor results of pupils in public exams, but rather blamed West African Examinations Council because most times they made mistakes during the entry of the results.

“I want to advise teachers not to get involved in any corruption and plead with you to quit the job if you are not satisfied with your salaries. The principals need to be vigilant in their job. I also want to advise parents not to pay teachers for their children to be promoted to the next class and they need to monitor their children before and after school for them to be better people in society. I am calling on pupils to respect authorities and also take their studies seriously to enable them achieve their academic goals,” he said.
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Speaking also at the ceremony, the current Principal of the school,George A. Lefevre, expressed thanks and appreciation to the school’s Board of Directors, teachers, parents, pupils, and local and diaspora alumni, for their tremendous support to the school administration in providing quality education during the school’s 97 years of existence.

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