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In Sierra Leone, John F. Kennedy School Resolves Financial Impasse
By Bampia J. Bundu
Oct 14, 2009, 17:12
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One of Sierra Leones renowned private schools, John F. Kennedy (JFK) Preparatory School, which recently suffered financial setback, has amicably settled down.


During the course of the crisis, the school administration was unable to pay teachers salaries for three consecutive months. This situation reaches a peak that the teachers ran out of patient and staged a peaceful sit down strike that spanned for one week. 


The schools headmaster, Reverend Jonathan Simpson Spencer, told the Awareness Times that the school suffered a major financial setback, whilst confirming that the teachers went without salaries for three months.


He said the failure of parents and guardians to pay the school fees of their children is one of the reasons responsible for the schools financial drought.


The headmaster furthered that the administration has already paid the teachers salaries for the three months they were owed.


He therefore used the forum as an opportunity to appeal to teachers to continue effective work, whilst assuring that such an ugly incident will never repeat itself.


Mr. Spencer said the school had always sought the teachers and pupils interests, adding that this is the first time in the history of the school for teachers to receive their salaries late.


He further dispelled rumours that the teachers went on the rampage for their salaries, whilst making clear that the teachers only met with him at his office to register their grievances.


In the heat of the debacle, Proprietor of the school, Alhaji Unisa Alimu Sesay aka Awoko distanced himself from the issue, whilst stating that he had nothing to do with the said matter. He added that the school administration should own up and settle the schools administrative affairs.


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