Fresh tensions as Siffoe SSS alleged fraud saga takes another twist

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Fresh tensions have emerged in the ongoing alleged financial mismanagement saga involving the principal of Sifoe Upper and Senior Secondary Schools, Sarjo Jobe, with the recent dissolution of the entire school senior management team by the school board of governors.

A letter from the school board of governors dated 28 January; authorised the immediate dissolution of the school’s 23-member Senior Management Committee (SMC).

The principal of Siffoe Upper and Senior Secondary School has been accused by the villagers of squandering school funds and materials.

Mr. Jobe, however, denied any wrongdoing. A week later, students from the same school staged a peaceful protest to call for his immediate resignation.

It was then officials from the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education and the governor of the region alongside the regional education directorate immediately set up a panel to probe the alleged saga.

Speaking to The Point, Lamin Demba , chairman of the SMC said the letter from the school board of governors dismissing his entire SMC has no legal base, saying the school board has no mandate to dissolve the SMC.

The SMC, he clarified, was elected by the community and not the school board.

Demba maintained that an investigation panel  was sanctioned by the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education in November 2018 and mandated to investigate the alleged financial saga against the principal. The panel was to come out with a report within two weeks but that has never been submitted in order to know the outcome of the report.

“We are not going to accept this letter dismissing the entire SMC and this is because we are elected by the community and not the school board. What is even more unfortunate is that the original copy of the letter was not given to me as the SMC chairperson; instead I was given the photocopied one. So this is telling you the lack of legality behind the letter,” he said.

However, this medium made several unsuccessful attempts to get the version of the chairman of the School Board of Governors-Alagie Conteh.

Author: Yusupha Jobe