APC ignores blind students
It has been told to this press that students of the Milton Margai School for the Blind are unhappy over government’s lack of consideration for blind students.
Facts have it that management of the Blind School need government financial support but never get it.
Desks of Sierra Express Media point towards allegations that the school has had no support from government for almost three years.
Credible information states that the Ministry of Education has unreasonably annulled subventions due the physically challenged institutions since October of 2010 to date.
That in spite of financial constraints faced by management of Blind School, officials of the Ministry of Education are said to have compelled the forenamed institution make fresh application for the first quarter of the 2011 subvention.
Although the school has already forwarded its application, sources say officials of Blind School expressed doubt over the willingness of Ministry of Education officials honoring the 2011 subvention application.
This pitiful situation was divulged quite recently by the school’s boss, Mr. Albert Jillo Sandy, during the presentation of gifts by Standard Chartered Bank Sierra Leone to students of the Blind School at their Wilkinson Road campus.
In his statement, Mr. Sandy said that it is becoming a culture to government in the holdup or willful failure to dish out logistics meant for the smooth running of the Blind School.
These happenings, he complained, do not only tell on the academic performances of students, but affects their views about government psychologically.
He furthered that the students’ situation has become more deplorable, especially at a time of global economic recession.
“The available paltry resources cannot at all meet the costs of learning materials, food, transportation, medicine and toiletries among plenty pressing needs,” he said.
On the issue of assistances, Mr. Sandy highlighted series of institutions and private individuals including the Standard Chartered Bank, whom he tagged as real partners of development.
He however called on government to see reason in timely addressing the acute state of affairs of the school and therefore appealed to other institutions to emulate Standard Chartered Bank in complementing government’s effort.
As at press time, efforts to get government’s comment on blamable issues put forward proved futile.
By Momoja Lappia
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