The principal of the United Methodist Secondary School in Kono, Mrs Sia Tenema Kabia, has said to Awoko that since the inception of this school year no subsidy has been paid to them.
She said her institution was new and had just completed a three-block classroom hoping to receive assistance from the government but to no avail.
Sia Kabia however made her position clear that she would send away any child who failed to meet the school charges.
Similar sentiment was also expressed by the Ansarul Islamic Secondary School.
The school bursar confirmed to Awoko that a good number of pupils had been sent home because they did not pay their school fees.
“The government’s policy on girls’ education is a good idea, but only that the government is no longer willing to honour the cost involved,” Denis Fengai, the school bursar said. He explained that the school now solely depended on the charges paid by parents, and that without government’s subsidy it would be difficult for them.
The deputy education officer in Kono, T.M.T Komba said he had on several occasions asked the authorities concerned. “I have reminded my boss about it yet he keeps telling me to wait,” he noted.
He disclosed that three containers full of school learning materials would arrive and would be distributed to schools in the country.
By Jon Bu in Kono