Banana Island REC Primary School Faces Challenges
Headmaster of Dublin Banana Island Rural Education Committee (REC), David Jones has explained that utmost attention is needed to address the unavoidable challenges facing the school.
He said the school has only two teachers including himself, noting that his female colleague teacher is not at work presently as a result of ill health.
Mar. Jones maintained that as a result of the dilapidated status of the school, parents are crossing their children from the Island to other schools in Waterloo and Freetown.
Mr. Jones revealed that during the raining season, the leakages did not allow the children to sit in their classes, adding no sitting accommodation supply except he had to use his personal savings to provide benches and chairs.
He said some children who could not come earlier either sit on the bare floor or their parents provided benches for them to listen to teaching.
However, Mr. Jones said he was happy that they are not left out in the Free Quality Education scheme as they are receiving supply of FQE materials including text and exercise books and other basic learning materials.
He extended gratitude to the former International Electoral Commissioner (INEC), Dr. James Jonna as the only Government official who stood firm to ensure that the dilapidated school was transformed from caricature to concrete structure.
The Head teacher who will be retired soon is calling on Government through the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education to recruit more teachers for effective learning to flourish.
The Headmaster who will be retired soon is also encouraging parents not to allow their children to sit at home during learning periods but to urge them to go to school.
In another development, Headwoman of Banana Island is currently constructing a community centre through funding she received from guest house owners.
She explained that she is undertaking the project because the community has live for decades without a centre to hold meetings or organizing other social activities.
She said the ongoing construction of the community centre which is still in an unfinished stage has cost over three hundred million Leones (Le 300M).
She therefore called on Government, NGOs and well wishers to help them complete the construction process before it is raining.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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