Mass exodus of girls from dormitory
This paper has gathered that about 50 girls have abandoned dormitories at the William Richard Tolbert High School and returned home in Bong County due to lack of support.
Our Bong County correspondent says since the beginning of the academic year, there have been no sufficient support from the government to the school.
The living conditions of the students at the dorm have been reportedly poor, ranging from the lack of electricity, food, water and other essential materials.
William Richard Tolbert High School is a government – run institution based in Zota District in Bong County. It caters for over 100 female students from across the country at its dormitories.
The dormitories are managed by the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Gender under the supervision of the Ministry of Education.
Since the reopening of the dormitories to female students from around the Country, there have been numerous challenges facing the smooth running of the facility which range from the lack of electricity, pipe borne water to food and housing facilities, among others.
Addressing a team of reporters recently in Gbalatuah, the principal of the school Gorline Weh revealed that since the reopening of the dormitory after the civil war, the lack of essential facilities and materials have been hampering the smooth operation of the institution.
He further notes that enrollment at the dorm has drastically reduced over the years due to the lack of proper facilities to encourage parents to send their kids to the school.
According to Mr. Weh, they initially started with over 100 students, but the number has dropped by 50. He terms the students at the center as poverty – stricken kids.
According to Mr. Weh, the dormitory will only remain opened to the schoolgirls if the government of Liberia through the Ministries of Education and Gender direct funding to the area for the overall improvement of the learning system.
Mr. Weh boasts that they have qualified instructors at the institution who continue to volunteer, but complains that at present, they are gradually running out of instructional materials.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong –Edited by Winston W. Parley