10 January 2013

Liberia: Four Schools Operating in One Building

Although the Liberian Government has made known its determination to develop the country, however, there seems to be huge challenges in meeting the infrastructural needs of the nation.

Currently, the construction and rehabilitation of major roads and highways around the country are being tackled by the Ministry of Public Works.

However, while the people of Liberia applaud government's initiative in building roads, the human resource challenges remain daunting signal as educational facilities appear to be inadequate. In some counties, conditions regarding schools are becoming increasingly appalling for the people especially kids of school going ages.

One county that apparently has difficult challenges in the educational sector is Maryland in Southeastern Liberia where the lack of school buildings has become problematic.

In Warteken Town, Karluway District #3, Maryland County, there is only one school building with six class room hosting four different schools.

According to residents in the town, the building hosts a junior high school and three elementary schools during the morning and evening hours.

The residents told The NEWS that the only structure used as educational facility is in shamble.

It was observed that the building in question does not have a door, windows and chairs are completely not available.

The residents who appeared disappointed, said instructors of the school are not paid, a situation they said, discouraged the instructors from attending classes.

Residents also explained that most students who complete junior high school in Warteken town, Karluway district do not have the opportunity to further their education in Harper city, where the only high school is located.

Some residents of the districts indicated that the situation being faced by students in Warteken town is the same almost everywhere. In Tarwoken town, residents disclosed that homes of private citizens were used as school buildings.

"Today, a one-room church building with mud currently serves as kindergarten and elementary school," the residents lamented.

"Our children are learning under extreme difficulty...unfortunately, we don't have the ability to change the situation," a man who did not give his name said.

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