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School Pupils tornado City Council

School Pupils tornado City Council

School pupils of St. Wallace Johnson Infant Primary and Secondary School were observed at the frontage of the Freetown City Council in protest of the immediate and unconditional relocation of their school building knocked down.

It could be recalled that The Wallace Johnson Infant Primary and Secondary school was recently demolished by the Freetown City Council (FCC) on grounds of what officials say was to give way to the proposed construction of the Hill Side bye-pass road.

An aggrieved parent was spotted as saying that the FCC promised it will relocate the school before the commencement of the 2010/2011 academic year, but up until now has done nothing at all. Instead of relocating the school; it has been threaded with a school at Percival Street.

To the pupils, the action of City Council has been viewed as reckless, unfounded and a gross violation of rights of growing generations.

Officials of the school described the same as uncomfortable and unsafe for the children coming from long distance.

When contacted for comment, the Director of Education Freetown City Council, Mr. Henry, pleaded with the children and parents to stay peaceful as Council is fast tracking construction of the school and in two to three months will complete the work.

He further explained how his organization – the City Council has been granted aid to tertiary institutions, secondary and primary schools.  He however encouraged the pupils to take the opportunity and apply for such aid.

By Patrick F. Squareson

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