Parents and guardians from many villages in Marampa and Maforkie chiefdoms have appealed to the Government of President Julius Maada Bio not to leave their children behind in the Free Quality Education Initiative. (Photo: One of the voluntary teachers, Mr. Roke S. Fofanah with vulnerable kids)
According to some parents, they are worried about the education of their children for the fact that they walked many miles to find schools as a result of the complete absence of concrete school structures except caricature makeshift structures made out of old zinc and cane sticks which does not allow children to sit in class during the raining season as a result of the thatch roof leakages.
They said such a situation is not good for the well being of their children being that there is no health centre or pure drinking water fetched from tap water except they have to go for running stream water which is also hazardous to their health across over 41 villages.
Speaking to this press, one of the voluntary teachers at the unapproved Mabureh village Baptist Primary School in Maforkie Chiefdom, Roke S. Fofanah said the school which was built through the effort of communal labor comprises two rooms and each room contained three classes from classes one to six.
He said the total number of children attending the lack of accommodation and teaching materials school is seventy five and grumbled that they hears about the free education but it is not felt in that part of the country.
Mr. Fofanah further elaborated the school has three unapproved teachers who are working on voluntary basis just to get the children educated adding that Mr. Lamin H. Bangura is the name of the school principal. He therefore appealed to the Government to help construct modern structure for the education and protection of the well-being of their innocent children.
They also appealed to the Government to control activities of some mining company including Sierramin Bauxite Sierra Leone Limited who are working under the command of some selfish public authorities to stop indiscriminate mining in the district or else they would one day take drastic action against any company that may attempt to destabilize their environs.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
Sierra Express Media 24/10/2018