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Blind and Deaf and Dumb Schools barricade Wilkinson Road

Blind and Deaf and Dumb Schools barricade Wilkinson Road

Hell broke loose on 15th July when pupils of the Milton Margai School for the Blind together with the School for the Deaf and Dumb stormed and barricaded the Wilkinson Road with desks and chairs preventing vehicular traffic in the morning hours.

The physically challenged pupils were demanding a speed bump and a sign post signal to be instituted on the road opposite the confines of both schools. They complained of the frequency at which pupils of their schools are being knocked down by speeding vehicles. The past Saturday, two pupils were knocked down by a vehicle while they were on their way to sit to an examination.

A teacher of the Blind School (name withheld) told me that both schools have made untiring calls on the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA) and other concerned parties to construct a sleeping police in front of their premises to avert accidents involving the handicapped.

Another senior member of the Deaf and Dumb school intimated to this press that the contractor of the road has still not replaced the gate of their school compound. He bemoaned that several letters have been sent to the SLRA but no action has been taken.

“Our pupils are vulnerable, some of them are deaf and can’t hear the sound of speeding vehicles or reckless drivers, the children are becoming victims on a daily basis. This is unfair!  Our Government must act now,” the teacher wept.

The SLRA could not respond on these issues relating to the call of these children as we go to press.

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