The Thomas Peter’s Municipal Primary School at Percival Street in the heart of Freetown is presently in a dilapidated condition whilst the learning environment remains to be disadvantageous and unhealthy for the pupils.
During our investigation, this press discovered that Thomas Peter’s Municipal Primary School which is under the control of Freetown City Council lacks basic facilities like functioning tap, no proper toilet facility, no playground and security that are necessary for any learning institution to be successful.
It was also discovered that all the classes are jumbled up in one big parlor with no screens to even separate the children at various class levels.
In an interview with the Headmaster of the school, Mr. Aaron Boyle said the school has been in such a bad shape for a very long time and the matter had already been reported to Freetown City Council even before he was transferred to the school in November last year but nothing has been done by the Council to salvage the situation.
Mr. Boyle intimated this press that bad boys around normally distract the attention of the pupils as they cause noise around while children are in their classes. He said there is need for the relevant authorities to fence the school to avoid such unsightly situation.
“Even before you enter the school from the main entrance on Percival Street you will be greeted by an uncompromising stinky smell from the gutters around”, Mr. Boyle said.
He disclosed that the population of the school has dwindled as a result of the terrible condition. A portion of the roof was destroyed some time ago but it is yet to receive attention and the rainy season has already started.
Two years ago, this press brought up the matter with the Education Officer of City Council but nothing was done and the situation is becoming worse. The big question is how long will the school survive?
“If a primary school in the heart of the city can be in such a terrible condition, what is happening in Schools that are far away?” A neighbour commented.
“The condition in which the pupils are learning is an insult to humankind and this is the reason why education has dropped drastically in the country. The Freetown City Council as well as the Ministry of Education are not taking any responsibility to change the status quo of the school. We do hope that the authorities in charge will take immediate action to salvage the situation of the school as the rains have already started.” She concluded.