THE NATIONAL UNION OF SIERRA LEONE STUDENTS (NUSS) CALLS ON WAEC TO RELEASE SEIZED RESULTS.
The West African Examination Council’s (WAEC) unseemly predilection for seizing results without any substantial reason has attracted the attention of the leadership of the National Union of Sierra Leone Students and left us completely stupefied with astonishment.
Bearing in mind the rigid processes and ordeals a student has to undergo in getting educated in the country, not excluding the financial commitments and invaluable efforts one has to expend, it is heartrending and disgusting to know that there are no safeguards against the seizure of results on the most simplistic of allegations. The union sees this as a callous attempt to discourage a zealous and ambitious generation of students ready to seek education; it is also painful to live with the reality that such unwholesome seizure of results, with such harrowing rapidity, rings the impression that education in Sierra Leone is being projected as a privilege, not a right – a notion to which our union is vehemently averse.
Mindful of the urgent wait by the affected students for their results, the union is unequivocally craving on the West African Examination Council (WAEC) to release the seized results without delay.
It is the belief of this union that if for any reason one is to go by the allegations of WAEC on why results are being seized, this should be a time for WAEC to strengthen a weak system which has for a very long time been exposing students to psychological torture. For all logical reasoning, no malpractice can be undertaken by a student without the strict watch and even the cooperation of WAEC and its workers. But for all the bad reasons, the students suffer whilst hardly we do hear of any disciplinary or corrective measure on the part of WAEC’s weak system – this must stop.
As the union awaits WAEC to treat this issue with utmost seriousness and immediate respect to our concerns, we would also want to call on authorities concerned, including the Anti Corruption Commission, to look keenly into this issue and save our country’s vibrant generation from this heartbreaking descent into a miasma of frustration, caused by certain unworthy decisions capable of plunging our country into an undeserved backwardness.
LONG LIVE STUDENTS’ UNIONISM!
LONG LIVE NUSS!
Michael Mitchell Conteh
Public Relations Officer-II, NUSS
31st January, 2016.