Principal Absconds with LD$60,000 in WAEC Fees

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Police in the Bong County capital of Gbarnga have arrested the Principal of the James Dunbar Norris Elementary and Junior High School, a private school situated in the Bassa Community in Gbarnga, for allegedly absconding with WAEC fees amounting to more than L$ 60,000 intended for 26 9th graders.

According to the Commander of the Crime Services Division of the Liberian National Police Bong County Detachment, Inspector John Kelenso Flomo, the Principal, Jacob Dolo, has been charged and is expected to be sent to court today (Friday, May 20, 2016) for prosecution.

Speaking earlier to the Daily Observer, the County Education Officer for Bong, Mr. Edward Kpulun, said the James D. Norris Principal was apprehended by police when distressed students thronged his office to register the situation. The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) exams began on Thursday, May 19, 2016 for 9th graders across the country.

“These are the people who are helping to derail our educational system when government is doing everything possible to improve the sector,” Mr. Kpulun remarked, shaking his head in disappointment. “I will ensure that this young man is prosecuted in a court of competent jurisdiction.”

In an interview with this paper on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at the local Education Office in Gbarnga, the students said they had paid the amount of L$2,250 each in WAEC fees to their Principal, Mr. Jacob Dolo.

The CEO, Mr. Kpulun, lauded the students and parents for the bold step taken in seeking the intervention of the Ministry of Education, and admonished them to refrain from acts that have the propensity to undermine their case.

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