-For Academic Crimes
The Principal of the St. Augustine Episcopal Mission School in Kakata in Margibi County wants academic criminals to be punishable by law. Abe Kekula`s comment comes in the wake of the recent burglary that occurred at the Konola Mission Academy in Margibi County that led to the cancellation of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) across the country.
He said academic thievery has the propensity to undermine the educational system of Liberia and as such perpetrators should be given the necessary punishment.
According to him, perpetrators of the Konola exam leak saga have made it possible for millions of dollars to be wasted. “This act has also caused lot of waste of time for students that were preparing to enroll at various tertiary institutions across the country.
He narrated that the way in which these perpetrators can pay for the waste is to be sentenced to not less than 15 years in imprisonment and should never be offered any jobs in both private and public sectors in the country.
The Liberian educator explained that once an example is set on two or three persons, things will be very straight in Liberia. The school principal has also condemned the collection of flexibility fees from students for tests.
“Asking students for flexibility fees means they are not being taught by their teachers and the right materials were not even absorbed. Our school cannot condone such act of thievery,” he said.
Kekula also maintained that students are also found in the collection of flexibility fees without the knowledge of school administrators and faculties and they also run after tests by themselves. “There should be penalty for such unwholesome act.”
He at the same time attributed the leakage of the exams to the lack of preparedness on the part of the current generation to acquire knowledge. “We have a generation that is not serious in a sense that they are not ambitious and are not prepared to learn, but wants to get bigger positions that they are not prepared for. Even though the environment is provided for them to learn, they are not making use of it and once they are not prepared for any challenge most especially exams, there is a likelihood for them to engage in criminality in order to get the tests to their advantage,” the principal added.
He indicated that some students might have been involved in the Konola exam leak saga or the perpetrators might have been assisted by students because it is in their interest.
Meanwhile, the principal has recommended that the punishment of perpetrators should commensurate with the crime committed. “People murdered others and when they are jailed government sometimes extend to them executive clemency, thus increasing murder cases.”
“If people were hung or executed for murder, the number of murder cases could be minimized in this country, or if people were put on poles and killed by firing it could curtail these activities.”
The educator said the government stands to protect people who commit crime in the name of human right; something he said is not good for the country.
By: Moses M. Tokpah