The Parents Teachers Association (PTA) at the government – run Dolokelen Gboveh High School in Gbarnga, Bong County has expressed total disenchantment over the Ministry of Education (MoE’s) recent supply to the school.
The Gboveh PTA says the Ministry of Education recently donated one pack of pen, one pack of marker, one duster, four cartoons of lineless sheets, thirty teacher roll books, fifty packs of crayon and thirty teacher lecture books to the school.
“One of the jokes is that the school has about fifty (50) teachers and the ministry is giving one pack of pan and in that park there [are] 24 pieces of pan. So what the rest of the teachers [are] going [to] be using? Again giving one duster to the school, so which one of the teachers [is] going to use the one duster?” PTA Chairman Sam B. Elliot says.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with this paper in the county recently, PTA Chairman Sam B. Elliot described the donation as mockery to the school.He wonders what will happen to the rest of the schools in the county especially in the various districts if the mother school in the county (Dolokelen Gboveh High) can get such a supply.Mr. Elliot says the Dolokelen Gboveh High School is confronted with many challenges ranging from a state of deplorable condition to the lack of chairs for students.
The tough talking Gboveh PTA Chairman says even though some of the damaged chairs have been repaired by the PTA, the situation is turning worse.According to him, an estimated number of more than 200 students are loitering the corridor of the school due to lack of chairs.According to him, students have been standing up writing, saying its a serious embarrassment and deplorable situation for the students’ learning process.
Mr. Elliot puts the estimated number of students that are attending the school at over 1500.He says in other to find remedy to the problem, the PTA and the Administration have decided to run two sections at the school.He adds that 11th grade and 12th grade students go for classes in the morning, while 10th grade students go for classes in the afternoon.
When contacted, Bong County Education Officer, Armah N. Varfee clarified that the donation that was made to various schools in the county was not for the entire academic year.He says the donations were only intended to jumpstart the academic year, noting that the materials they requested from the ministry were not provided in full.
Mr. Varfee announces that other set of donations are underway shortly to be presented to the various schools in the county.Mr. Varfee wonders while the PTA of various schools will choose to take the matter to the media instead of going to his office to seek clarity.
Dolokelen Gboveh was established in 1957 as a high school in the county. Thousands of students are enrolled there every academic year in Bong County.–Edited by Winston W. Parley