By Sarata Jabbi
A section of the community of Brikamaba in the Central river region are considering plans to petition the principal of the secondary school, Jalimory Jobarteh, to be removed from the school administration for the poor results the school has produced.
The Digest News learned the principals’ long tenure of office, corruption, divide and rule tactics, amongst others unsubstantiated claims have also being leveled against Mr. Jobarteh.
In a detailed analysis conducted by the our reporter, the various stakeholders and influential members of the community such as the National Assembly member of Lower Fulladu West have all weighed in on the developing story.
The aggrieved community blamed the school principal for the way the school has been run and how it has affected the quality of education in the sprawling settlement over the years.
Speaking on behalf of the youths, Kebba Lamin Nanko has this to say, “Mr Jobarteh didn’t bring any development to the school as far as the community is concern. The students performance has dropped, the community lack confidence in the administration, some of our young people are been expelled without a just cause. We have received lot of complaints regarding exploitation of our young girls, that’s a matter we intend to verify with the victims and will possibly be included in our petition to all authorities concerns.”
In his reaction to the allegations, Mr. Jobarteh said the story is unfounded, and that everything is normal. He dismissed the claims entirely and wondered where this information was coming from.
On the issue of some members of the community demanding his removal from the school, he said it was strange news to him, pointing out that his management team and the parent teacher association are not even aware of this development.
The chair of the board of the school, Mr. Lamin Jagne said he was not aware of the allegation being levelled against the school principal. He pointed out that if there were any problems, they would have been informed about it.
When contacted to shed light on the story, the National Assembly member, Gibbi Mballow admitted that he has received some information from some community members on a host of allegations which include the long tenure of office of the principal, corruption and divide and rule. However, the lawmaker called for restraint and urged them to follow the due process of the law, pointing out that he was not going to interfere in the running of the school and that he was not in line with their cause of action.