The Chairman of the Community Teachers’ Association (CTA) of the Government Secondary School (GSSK) in Kenema City Junisa Fallon on Sunday 11th April 2010 formally handed over keys of seven class room buildings to the Principal of the school during a special ceremony held at the school campus.
Mr. Fallon explained that the Board of Directors and the CTA have been in constant contact with each other to prevail on the Education Ministry, the Kenema City Council (KCC) and other stakeholders in Kenema district to assist them in the provision of accommodation and teaching and learning materials for the pupils.
He says the afternoon session in the school environment has not been conducive for teachers to teach let alone allows the pupils to concentrate because of overcrowding in the classrooms. He attributed the low level of education in the country today to the double shift system of schooling.
Deputizing the Chairman of the board, the pioneer of the idea of the pararell shift system Musa Siaka said he could not sit by and see his alma mater go further down the drain but to use his ideas to influence morning session education system for all. He recalled the good old days when KSS was holder of the best result in government in the country.
Mr. Siaka said he is hopeful that the GSSK would set the pace for all to follow. He thanked the Ministry through the Deputy Director of Education East, the Kenema City Council and all those institutions, organizations and individuals who assisted him to realize the dream. In his keynote address the Deputy Director of Education (DDE) Kenema District John Amara Swaray applauded the efforts of KSS Board and CTA for reversing back to the previous single shift system of education. John Swaray assured the CTA and the KSS Board of his personal and ministry’s continued support to enhance quality education.
He revealed that the Nasir Ahmadiyya Secondary School along Wahman Abu Road in Kenema City is on the same move to start the single shift system while hoping that other schools within the district would soon follow if they succeed in their agenda.
He used the occasion to blame teachers in the District for their low commitment noting low salary could not be a permissible excuse for their negligence in delivering their obligation. He called on all and sundry to support the initiative so that Kenema district would gain the glory of pioneering ideas once again in the country.
Contributing the station manager of Eastern Radio Ahmed G. Kallon expressed hope that government would not reverse the venture in future due to high entrance pressure to secondary schools in the region as a result of the 6-3-3-4 system of education which was introduced by the government.
By Saffa Moriba