Acting on a tipoff the Kailahun District Council chairman, Augustine Nyuma Kurtu, has instructed the inspector of schools in the township, Lawrence Alpha, not to award contracts under SABABU project until previous contracts are completed.
He discloses that a number of SABABU education projects were awarded a couple of years ago for the construction of school structures in Kailahun District but that they are all hoaxes. The contracts, which he says, were expected to be completed by September 2005 “never took off after foundation level”.
He recalls the Kissi Kama Secondary and Baptist Primary schools with fifty percent contract fund paid to contractors but are still at foundation stages. Also he requests representatives of the ministry of education, science and technology in Kailahun to involve other stakeholders in the district in the distribution of learning and teaching material in the spirit of transparency and accountability. As he puts it, “most learning and teaching material are constantly seen on the market”.
In response to the accusation made by chairman Kurtu the inspector of schools, Lawrence Alpha, attributes the delay in completing SABABU schools to contractors and implementing partners, and reveals that plans are underway to review such projects.
He says there is 81 SABABU supported schools but that ten have been completed in the district with ten UNICEF funded schools under construction.
With regards to the distribution of learning and teaching material, Mr Alpha explains that notices are always put out inviting head of schools to collect their shares.