Archbishop of Sierra Leone capital bans primary-school graduation

Children in gowns and mortarboards pose for pictures during their kindergarten graduation ceremony, in China

Archbishop Tamba Charles of the Freetown Diocese has reportedly banned graduation ceremonies for primary school-leaving pupils in all schools run by the Catholic Church in the Sierra Leonen capital.

According to the prelate, the charges that go into such graduation had the smell of extortion all over it.

He told a BBC / Reuters reporter in the country Umaru Fofana that the extortion by school authorities in the name of “graduation” had reached its height and needed to be stopped.

The culture of graduation for children leaving the one level of education to the other has become rife across Africa. In some places, children leaving the kindergarten and nursery for primary are supposed to attend a graduation.

Whiles some parent have not expressed an misgivings, others share the view of the Archbishop stressing that the cost of such events ballooned the cost of education.

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