The Eastern Polytechnic College is the highest learning Institutions in the eastern region of Sierra Leone with branches at Bunumbu town in the Kailahun district and Woama campus in the Kono district.
The college which started as a union training college in 1933 and continued up to 1972 when it became the then Bunumbu Teachers College (BTC) at Bunumbu town in the Kailahun district. During the war in Sierra Leone the rebels of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) invaded the college campus on 2nd May 1991.
The college then migrated to Kenema city in May 1991 and operated as Displaced Bunumbu Teachers college at the then Technical Campus along Combema road in Kenema town. In October 2001 the Bunumbu Teachers College then became the Eastern Polytechnic by an Act of Parliament, which is still operating up to date.
Speaking to Awoko at the Eastern Polytechnic campus along Combema road in Kenema city, the registrar of the college Adonis Kanneh revealed that the college is now going through difficult times.
Mr. Kanneh disclosed that funding is the biggest problem of the college adding that they have not been able to get all the funds they requested from the government for the college to run.
He said the college cannot afford to pay most of the expenditure such as the paying of NASSIT for its staff which is ten percent of the staff salaries, income tax dues among others.
The college cannot undertake any development project at the moment, pointing to the college library under construction.
He said the work has since come to a halt due to funding constraints which has made the running of the college very difficult as compared to the past.
Talking about student affairs he said they lack transport facility for the past years, saying that the only student union bus that was given to the college during the past regime is packed at the campus beyond repairs.
He disclosed that the student themselves are now making effort in contributing Le15.000 each in order to solicit assistance for them to get a bus on their own as all the students live out of the campus and some cover three to four miles to make their way to the campus every morning.
Mr. Kanneh said the two other campuses at Bunumbu town in Kailahun district and at Woama in Kono district are not operating because they have not been rehabilitated since the end of the civil war in Sierra Leone.
He appealed to the government and other donor organizations to help rehabilitate the campus in Kailahun and Kono districts.
He disclosed that at the Bunumbu campus in Kailahun district, the primary school, few classrooms roof and some staff quarters have been rehabilitated while in Kono the District Council (KDC) have helped in rehabilitating some buildings at Woama campus in the Kono district.
He revealed that the Higher Teachers Certificate (HTC) Primary programme course has started by distant education in Kono district.
The Eastern Polytechnic is developing the middle level manpower in all spheres of life. Currently the college is offering three degree programmes Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Science with so many other related courses at all levels.