Augustineum ex-pupil denies fundraising irregularities

Augustineum ex-pupil denies fundraising irregularities

FORMER Augustineum Secondary School pupil and head of a fundraising campaign, Lehman Sethie, has denied allegations that he misappropriated school funds.

Sethie was reacting to a statement issued by the school in which the management and board said they were considering legal action against Sethie for “illegal and improper conduct”. Sethie was the Chairperson of a task force to organise the 140th anniversary of the school, but the school claimed the group was dissolved after alleged irregularities were detected.He denied the allegation claiming that it was dissolved after he quit as Chairperson of the task force because of a lack of support from the school management.Sethie said the task force approached the school board with a plan of action but there was no properly constituted board to adopt the plan since 2006.He said two teachers also served on the task force and the school management was regularly updated through briefings.Sethie said he never collected money on behalf of the school and challenged the management to prove the contrary.The money donated for the campaign went into the school anniversary account, he said.That account, he said, was arbitrarily closed by the principal, Beatrice Losper, after Sethie resigned.The school’s statement was issued by Losper, and board Chairperson Sandi Tjaronda.The school said any monetary or material donation to Sethie was at own risk.”We shall not accept liability borne out of such dealings with him.It is against this background that we alert you to distance yourselves from Mr Sethie Lehman Oxurub,” the alert issued to the school’s partners and the media said.Sethie was the Chairperson of a task force to organise the 140th anniversary of the school, but the school claimed the group was dissolved after alleged irregularities were detected.He denied the allegation claiming that it was dissolved after he quit as Chairperson of the task force because of a lack of support from the school management.Sethie said the task force approached the school board with a plan of action but there was no properly constituted board to adopt the plan since 2006.He said two teachers also served on the task force and the school management was regularly updated through briefings.Sethie said he never collected money on behalf of the school and challenged the management to prove the contrary.The money donated for the campaign went into the school anniversary account, he said.That account, he said, was arbitrarily closed by the principal, Beatrice Losper, after Sethie resigned.The school’s statement was issued by Losper, and board Chairperson Sandi Tjaronda.The school said any monetary or material donation to Sethie was at own risk.”We shall not accept liability borne out of such dealings with him.It is against this background that we alert you to distance yourselves from Mr Sethie Lehman Oxurub,” the alert issued to the school’s partners and the media said.

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