The Informer (Monrovia)

23 January 2013

Liberia: Catholic School Principals Enforce Discipline - Seizes Students' Phones

The administration of Catholic schools in the country have begun enforcing strict regulations that restrict the use of magazines, mobile phones and other devices on campus.

The regulations in the hand-books of various catholic schools in the country authorize school principals to seize the above items from students caught violating the above rules outlined in the school hand books.

In an inclusive interview with The Informer at Christ the King High's School campus, located in the Oldest Congo Town on January 18, 2013, the Principal of the school Andrew L. Towouh said that they are enforcing a rule that states that "magazines and phones should not be brought on campus, as when they are brought on campus, they should be seized and when they are seized they should not be returned."

He added that the seizure of items from students is based on numerous pieces of advice that have been given to parents in which they listed some of the actions that the kids are doing.

Mr. Towuoh mentioned that the administration is aware that phones are used for communication purposes, but some students using their phones to record pornographic pictures and to copy notes.

He added that they use these pictures in classes to detract teachers and the recorded notes to spy while writing quizzes and tests.

He asserted that there is no reason for any student to complain that he or she needs phones to communicate with parents, while on campus.

"In every Catholic School there is a registry that contains student's name, sex, age, nationality, denomination, the residence, the parent names, the contact number(s), and document of students."

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