Dean, lecturers dismissed
November 9, 2016 By Regina Pratt
The Dean of a certain faculty at the Ernest Bai Koroma University of Science and Technology and seven other lecturers- two from the Freetown Teachers College and five from the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology have been dismissed from their various institutions for allegedly holding fake certificates and involving in other malpractices.
The said dismissal was yesterday disclosed by the Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Minkailu Bah, during a Parliamentary briefing on the successes and challenges of his ministry.
“If you don’t want me to say the truth, don’t do the wrong thing. Some of these lecturers do not have what it takes to be lecturers,” he said.
He explained that during the course of investigating Tertiary Institutions, they uncovered that some lecturers were involved in certain malpractices, including the production of fake certificates and selling of grades to students.
He said the Dean of the Ernest Bai Koroma University of Science and Technology, Joseph S. Kabia, was allegedly caught awarding grades to students who did not write exams.
Others lecturers that were dismissed include Sorie I. S. Turay- lecturer in basic comprehensive, David M. Conteh –lecturer in Basic Sciences, Peter Mustapha and Mohamed B. Mustapha -senior lecturers in language arts and mathematics, Osman A. kargbo, Sula Koroma and Laura A. B. Tholley.
The Minister also disclosed that at the Freetown Teachers College (FTC), two lecturers were dismissed- one without a certificate, whiles the other has only two WASSCE subjects.
He said Saidu Kabia, lecturer at FTC was challenged by the ‘best’ mathematics student, who was aggrieved with his examination result, adding that the former also took home the answer booklet of his girlfriend for marking.
He further claimed that Alvin Lappia of FTC, was also caught disclosing examination questions to students for money, adding that he was not qualified to be a lecturer because he only produced a workshop certificate he was awarded in ivory Coast during the war.
“At the Milton Margai College of Education, five lecturers including Gibril Tullah, Maligie Abu Kamara, Cline Josiah, Henry J. Taylor and Edward Koroma were dismissed,” he said.
He added that Abubakarr Conteh ,a teacher of the Amadiayya Primary School in the Moyamba district presented a certificate ,which belonged to one Mohamed A. Sillah, attached to the District Educational Primary school with a different Sierra Leone Teachers Certificate pin code.
Speaking in an angry tone, Dr. Minkailu promised to sanitise the educational sector, stating that, “We need to expose those crooks and they have been banned from all educational institutions.