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As part of their move to eradicate immorality within the educational sector in order to permit Sierra Leone attains her once enviable status as the Athens of West Africa the Attitudinal and Behavioural Change(ABC) Secretariat has on Tuesday February 28th , 2012 started engaging within Moyamba District in the Southern Province of the country. (Photo: Students at Kulafai Rashiddeen Islamic Secondary School)
Among scores of secondary schools within the District, the Fergusson Memorial and Kulafai Rashiddeen Islamic Secondary Schools were the initial schools that benefited from the ABC Secretariat’s awareness creation exercise.
Addressing students at their respective school compounds the Executive Director of ABC Secretariat; Dr. Ivan Ajibola Thomas emphasized how bad attitudes and behaviours of not only students, but school authorities as well keep demeaning the educational sector’s output. He maintained that, although recommendations have been advanced by the Professor Gbamanjah’s Report in 2011 the situation is still appalling as students’ examination results remain below standards.
Dr. Thomas cautioned students whom he termed as ambassadors of their various schools must desist from violence, drug abuse, disrespect for authorities, misuse of their limited times on non-educative activities, examination malpractices, showing dislike for certain subjects, especially the sciences that could earn them better jobs in the future.
The Executive Director ended by calling on the students and teachers to work ethically together in promoting education since the country’s development heavily relies upon it.
While addressing their hosts the National Coordinator and Second-in-Command of the ABC Secretariat, Madam Nanette Thomas informed that attitudes and behaviours are centered on how human beings think, feel and desire. She maintained that while attitudes are innate, behaviours can be easily discerned. Madam Thomas stressed that attitudes and behaviours form everything about human life and are suppose to be positive. She stressed that positive attitude is the power that drives everyone to success.
She called on the students to take their studies seriously, as according to her their prospective academic qualifications would be their determinants of bagging payable jobs in the future. According to her, if students exploit their spare time to be visiting libraries instead of watching Nigerian films or other non-educative stuffs their performances are bound to improve.
Madam Thomas furthered stated that, the attitude of procrastination which has become a culture among students must be avoided since it stands to be the major cause of massive failure.
She went on to advice the male teachers to desist from sexually abusing the female students and described this immoral act as not just unprofessional, but a criminal and punishable offence. She advised the female students to resist sexual orgies because indulging in them will not only put them out of school but reliable to kill them; because at their age pregnancy and labour are life threatening.
Both Principals of the schools, Joseph A. Sandy and Dr. Allieu.M.Bah respectively commended the ABC Secretariat for visiting and sensitizing their students and teachers. They assured that the lectures will definitely lead to remarkable examination successes at both internal and external examinations this academic year.
Giving a vote of thanks a senior student of the Fergusson Memorial School, Samuel Sandy called on his colleagues to adopt the ABC concept as in his view this will not only materialize the educational dreams of Sierra Leoneans, but other yearned for sartorial advancements.
Making a comment the Vice Principal of Kulafai Rashideen Islamic School, Sumaila . B. Jalloh called on the Secretariat to task government to tackle the over politicization of vital national engagements especially the employment, justice and civil service sectors.
In another development the ABC Secretariat on February 28th this year engaged staff and students of Harford Secondary School for Girls. Addressing the girls Madam Thomas advised them to refrain from sex while being students and urged them to take their studies seriously. She warned the male teachers to avoid sexually harassing the girls since pregnancy will keep them out of school.
In his contribution Dr. Thomas called on the female students to rank their education above all other things. According to him with education the girls will contribute to national building. Dr. Thomas assured that by changing the attitudes and behaviours there is room of academic proficiency.
The Principal of Harford School for Girls, Madam Lucretia Lulu Shereef thanked the ABC Secretariat team for visiting her school. According to her their visit will yield positive result, because the attitudes and behaviours of students and certain staff members have been causing major problems.
A student of the Senior Secondary School Yeabuva Haja Bayoh craved for the formation of an ABC club which she claimed will train role models for others to copy. Another senior student Mary Swayer called on the ABC Secretariat to take the campaign to homes, because most sexual harassment they face comes from relatives rather than teachers.
By Momoja Lappia
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