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50 Soldiers invigilate EBKUST Makeni examinations

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50 Soldiers invigilate EBKUST Makeni examinations

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Fifty soldiers from the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) will serve as invigilators for the upcoming examinations at the Ernest Bai Koroma University of Science and Technology (EBKUST) Makeni campus.

Vice Chancellor and Principal of the EBKUST, Reverend Professor Edwin J.J Momoh said the decision to involve RSLAF personnel in invigilating the exams, scheduled to take place from April 3 to April 19, was carefully considered to ensure a seamless examination process, devoid of any intimidation.

He confirmed that the request made to the RSLAF Fourth Infantry Brigade at Teko Barracks in Makeni for the provision of 50 officers was duly approved, and the personnel underwent thorough orientation at a workshop held at the Military Barracks in Teko.

“I, along with the Brigade Commander and the Chief of Staff, have emphasized the importance of honesty and diligence in fulfilling their duties,” Professor Momoh stated.

However, this decision has elicited mixed reactions from students, with many expressing concerns about the use of military personnel. Some perceive it as a means to enforce the university’s policies, intimidate outspoken students, and infringe upon their rights.

The announcement has also sparked legal debates between Human Rights Lawyer and Educationist with opposing views on the university’s decision, condemning the use of military officers and some supporting the administration’s choice.

EBKUST Makeni campus Student Union Government (SUG) has voiced its opposition to any form of student intimidation. They have engaged in discussions with the administration regarding various issues raised by students, including poor reception services during registration and the decision to involve military personnel in invigilation.

The SUG emphasised the importance of creating a conducive learning environment and urged the administration to ensure that the military personnel do not wear uniforms or carry weapons during the examinations to prevent intimidation.

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