The Anti-Corruption Commission of Sierra Leone has on 9th September 2019 publicly named and shamed pupils, invigilators and teachers for allegedly engaging in examination malpractices in the ongoing WASSCE examination.
According to ACC’s head of Public Education, Albert Sandi, the exposition, which was staged around the Cotton tree area, in the most central part of Freetown, will serve as a strict warning to all individuals who may be tempted to engage in exams malpractices in schools and also students in colleges.
“We are doing it to set a firm precedent and also send a strong message to others who may want to attempt it that such may be the fate of anyone caught in the exams malpractices henceforth,” he said.
This newly invented strategy to publicly name and shame perpetrators involved in the recent examination malpractice that took place on the 7th September this year in Freetown by extension Wellington community is however not welcomed by most spectators.
Speaking to Alieu Jalloh, a spectator of the said public disgrace, he clearly expressed his dissatisfaction about the whole process. “The ACC should do so to those that have been implicated and found guilty for embezzling state funds” he remarked.
Although news around why ACC took this decision is still filtering out, public perception so far has been mixed, with a lot of people saying that there are people in governance that are doing more than this to the state, and they should face the public disgrace and not these kids.
Most people have also said that they are not supporting what they were caught doing but they think another step would have been more appropriate.