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Sierra Leone News: Judge bans WAEC examiners from teaching

High Court Justice Ernest Gooding J., has ordered that two teachers, Mohamed Konneh and Sahr Mani be sentenced to three years in the Correctional Centre for committing a corruption offence. The Judge also ordered that the convicts be banned from the teaching profession for five years.
The statement of offence stated that Konneh and Mani were examiners of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and teachers at the Ansarul Islamic Secondary School in Kenema and Government Technical Secondary School in Freetown between 12 April 2017 and 15 July 2017. They are reported to have improperly conferred an advantage on Amie Fayia.
They were charged with five counts of Conspiracy to Commit Corruption, Abuse of Office, Soliciting an advantage and accepting an Advantage contrary to the Anti-Corruption Act of 2008.
Both convicts under count two and three allowed Amie Fayia to re-sit her General Mathematics Paper 2, hereby abusing their office. Also, under count four Konneh and Mani solicited an advantage by receiving Le250,000 from the candidate purported to be payment for the re-sit of the said subject paper.
Although they had earlier pleaded not guilty to the offence, both accused changed their pleas.
The Judge, on 29 January 2018, said the convicts will serve their sentence concurrently. In addition, he stated that the council is “bound to revisit their system and weed out all corrupt elements or else no one will accept certificates issued by this authority as credible.”
By Edna Browne-Dauphine
Wednesday January 31, 2018.

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