Are Liberian Schools Prepared for February Re-Opening?
Monrovia – Despite pronouncement from the Liberian government ordering modalities to be worked out to prepare for the reopening of schools in the country in early February, many schools especially private schools, appear to be finding it difficult to meet up with the February 2, 2015 deadline set by the Ministry of Education.
During a tour of several high schools in Monrovia, FrontPageAfrica observed that most school campuses were in deplorable conditions with classrooms completely filthy and benches in dilapidated conditions. On many school campuses, the gates were closed despite attempts by some excited parents who visited these schools to ascertain the actual position of school authorities on the resumption of the registration process, which was halted in August due to Ebola.
At the David G. Barshell, Sr. School System in the commercial district of Redlight, which comprises of Daycare, Nursery, Elementary, Junior and Senior high schools, there was no sign of preparedness on the part of the school to reopen its doors. Benches were scattered all over the compound of the school premises and chairs in the various classrooms were seen covered with dust with many in deplorable condition, suggesting that cleaning up exercises for the school is yet to begin.
The school buses were seen parked in filthy condition with some tires removed. A group of men and women, who appeared to be residing on the compound at the moment, explained to FPA that members of the school administration are yet to show up on the school campus.
“We have not seen anybody yet since we heard that school is about to reopen. Maybe they will come anytime from now, but we have not seen them,” said a lady on the compound who pleaded not to be named because she was not authorized to speak.