Pupils of the Holy Trinity Primary School, east of Freetown, are learning in an unsafe atmosphere in an indecent environment.
Over 300 pupils, both boys and girls, sit on the floor of the school whilst classes are going on. Even the school’s head teacher has no office so she too has to sit out on the veranda to carry out her duties.
During a visit to the school by Honourable Nuru Deen Yillah Sankoh of Constituency 105, it was discovered that the pupils were learning in an unsafe and threat-prone environment.
Speaking to the head teacher of the infant school, Mrs Lillian Finney, she said the school ran out of furniture due to damages caused during the rebel war.
She added that the rebels used the school as their home and that the furniture were used as firewood.
The head teacher noted that since she took over in 1997 the school was not in proper condition and not fit for children to learn.
Mrs Finney accentuated that sometimes she used to take care of the school’s administration from her personal pockets to purchase some furniture.
Her school, she said, had over 600 boys and girls ranging from 6-9 years, adding that the facilities of the school were very poor.
Explaining about the conditions of the school, she averred that the school only had two toilets for the pupils and one for teachers, noting that “there is no water in the school so we have to pay somebody to fetch water for the school and sometimes pupils go out of the school to fetch water which is not safe for the children”.
Mr Finney also told of how the roof and some parts of the school building were seriously damaged during the war.
She added that, “the roof of the school is being used by thieves who invade the school to steal teaching and learning materials. Few years back, the government used to supply school furniture but now we are not having them… the school teaching and learning materials supplied to the school are not enough for the pupils”.
On her part, Mrs Catharine George head teacher for the primary school said for the past two years she was using the corridor of the school as an office.
She explained that because the office given to her was small and also being used as a store it was uncomfortable for him.
Mrs Catharine George maintained that at times she used her personal money to run the school’s affairs.
Hon Nuru Deen Yillah Sankoh of the All People’s Congress (APC) said, “the situation is desperate and very bad for pupils to sit on the floor for classes”.
He disclosed that he would meet those in authority to see how best he could be able to provide furniture for the school.