Students at the government – run William V. S. Tubman High School (WVST) in Sinkor, suburb of Monrovia are said to be facing serious constraints in sitting in classes at the institution due to lack of sufficient chairs.Addressing reporters over the weekend at his 12th Street office in Sinkor, the principal of the institution Mr. Alassis N. Goldore disclosed that it took the intervention of NASSACORP and LMA in 2018 to resolve the sitting constrains at the school.
However, he noted that most of those armchairs were either damaged or stolen from the school campus by some community dwellers living around the school’s vicinity.It can be recalled that in 2018, as part of its corporate responsibility, the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP) provided 200 armchairs.
In that same period, the school was rescued by the Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA) that also provided 150 armchairs to the institution.But some community dwellers that usually pass through the campus are accused by the principal of allegedly stealing the school’s armchairs.
According to him, several students at Tubman High do not have seats to sit, and that a lot of them sit on armless chairs which create difficulties for them to copy their lessons.
In its attempt to find solution for students this academic year, Mr. Goldore says the school has started repairing some of the damaged chairs to reduce the challenges faced by students.
Further to that he says he has instituted a serious security check in various schools within Sinkor to relocate and retrieve some of the chairs stolen from his school.
According to him, through the process seven chairs donated to Williams V.S. Tubman High School by NASSACORP with the inscription at the back: “MCSS” have been identified at the Christian High School.
He said that the authorities are investigating as to how these chairs got in the possession of the Christian High School, noting that he does not believe that the school itself went to Tubman High to steal the armchairs.
Mr. Goldore says he wants to know who took the chairs away from his campus.
Mr. Goldore calls on the alumni of the school to do something about the problem of chairs shortage at WVST, lamenting that the few good chairs that the school has are insufficient for the students.
When contacted, the proprietor of the Christian High School Rev. Dr. Roosevelt Z. Liberty confirmed that he saw only three of the chairs in question at the entrance of his school.
He however clarified that the chairs were not in his school as claimed by WVST Principal Mr. Goldore. In another development, 210 students and 52 instructional staff at the WVST had their eyes tested, following which those with complications were provided glasses while those without any complication received medications from the Liberia School Health Program.
Mr. Goldore disclosed that a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) known as the Refuge Place International also visited the Tubman high and conducted eye screening for 10th and 12th graders free of charge.Glasses were provided for those with minor eye problem, followed by another group which provided similar eye services to students.He thanked the government for painting some of the external parts of the school building, changing damage doors and installing brand new commode.By Emmanuel Mondaye—Edited by Winston W. Parley