By Joseph Milton Lebbie.
The newly-elected National President of the Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools, (CPSS), Reverend Solomon Leonard Scott-Manga, has in his maiden speech, called on school Principals to maintain integrity in order to liberate this nation from its current academic decadence.
While addressing Principals shortly after his election at the Bo District Council Hall, Reverend Scott-Manga, who doubles as the Principal of the Saint Pauls Anglican Junior Secondary school, made it categorically clear that he will not fight a cause for any Principal who violates the law.
He urged teachers to refrain from grade-selling and other academic malpractices that bear the highest potential to bring our education system further down the drain.
The new President frowned particularly on the sexual harassment of female pupils by some teachers who he described as indecent and ungodly, calling on Principals to be drastically penalizing such teachers.
Scott-Manga encouraged his colleague Principals to be development-oriented and law abiding.
He vowed to do all in his power to ensure that the multifarious problems affecting principals are settled, especially the problems on non-approval and non-reassessment of principals, citing that in the whole Kailahun District, only two principals are approved and substantive, all others have been in Acting positions for several years, largely blaming the unpleasant situation on the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
Reverend Scott-Manga has succeeded the outgoing National President of CPSS, Raymond Sheku Bah Sesay of the Birch Memorial Secondary School who will hand over office in August this year.
Reverend Scott-Manga won the election landslide, defeating his opponent, John Bockarie Charles of Saint Andrews Secondary School by 48 votes to 1.