Schools in Monrovia need serious help

By: Bill E. Diggs

Several schools in central Monrovia are faced with situations that are very rare in many 21st century schools.

One of such schools is the Solomon & Son elementary school located in the Borough of West Point adjacent to Fanti town beach area.

A visit to the school edifice recently by our reporter revealed children between ages 4 and 15 using old car batteries and broken blocks as seats in a zinc shack that has two teachers to instruct five classes being run by the institution.

When asked, one of the teachers at the school said the school, which was established in 1996 has not made much improvement in its facilities, because there was not enough funds to carry out the necessary improvements.

“I would like to see all of the children seated in concrete walled facility on benches or chairs but there is no funding to do that. We are charging just LD$250 per semester for each child but this amount is not enough to help us improve this place,” Mr. Samuel Collins said.

He noted that there has been no subsidy from the government to the school since it was founded in 1996, and what they have been doing was only intended to help educate the robustly multiplying children population in West Point, which has an estimated 80,000 population of which 30 percent are children.

Some of the things that the school needs, according to one of the instructors, include a proper school building, instructional materials and human capacity.

When Mr. Collins was asked why he could not just close the institution down because it lacks all necessities to be called a school, he said that would be detrimental to the drive to provide education to all Liberian children.

“My brother I can close this school down this very moment but what will become of these children you are looking at? Most of the parents of these children can hardly afford the LD$500 per year, and we have instances from last year that the children fees were not paid up to now. So, you see, we are just helping the government to educate the children but we ourselves need help to make our vision a reality,” Collins said.

The population of the school was placed around 200 students by Collins in all of the classes in the school.

Collins called on the government and the people of Liberia to aid the school in any way possible so that the children attending it will have a better educational facility.

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