By Matthew Jabby
Aggrieved parents of a cross0section of pupils of the Rokel Agricultural Secondary School have condemned the school’s principal, Mr. Abdulai G. Kamara, for allegedly asking their children out of the examination hall for failing to buy sport T-shirts, although they had paid their school fees.
According to one of the aggrieved parents, Isata Kamara, her son was asked out of the examination hall by the principal because she did not buy the school’s sport T-shirt, despite having paid his school fees.
“The principal doesn’t has right to send my son out of the school for not buying sport T-shirt. I have paid his school fees and the principal has no moral authority to send him out during examinations,” she said.
She further alleged that the principal deliberately postponed the sport meeting because majority of the pupils refused to buy the sport T- shirts, while accusing the principal of showing no compassion despite the dire economic condition.
“The economic condition in the country is very much harsh and the principal should not be so adamant about sport T-shirt since they (pupils) have paid their school fees,” she noted.
Another aggrieved parent also expressed similar frustration noting that “I am disappointed over the attitude of the principal for expelling pupils from the examination hall for failing to buy sport T-Shirts. They have paid their school fees and have right to write their examinations,” he argued.
However, Principal Abdulai G. Kamara denied the allegations, saying he only expelled pupils who had not paid their tuition fees before the start of the examinations, not those who had failed to buy sport T-shirts.
He said that over the years he had used his personal money to fund sport activities, but decided this year to task pupils of the school to pay for sport T-shirts which sells for Le.25, 000.