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Gov’t Accused Of Abandoning School In Sonayea District

By Patrick N. Tokpah
Residents of Waymue Town in Sanoyea District 7, Bong County have allegedly accused the Ministry of Education of abandoning the only government-run elementary school in town.
The residents speaking through one of their sons in Waymue Town on February 18, 2023, James Kollie said the school has been abandoned by the Ministry of Education since its construction.
Mr. Kollie said the inability of the Liberian government to provide the needed teaching staff is a clear manifestation that they have been marginalized and that due to the lack of school in the area, school-going kids are not going to school.
He said the school was constructed and dedicated on June 12, 2009, by the government of Liberia, but alleged that the government of Liberia has failed to assign teachers to the school.
Commenting on the issue of safe drinking water, James Kollie said the town lacks safe drinking water, saying that the few hand pumps that were constructed by NGOs are all damaged, and as a result, citizens of the town usually fetch water from streams or creeks in bushes which he said is causing serious health hazards in the town among children and adults.
Mr. Kollie, who was in tears said they are finding it very difficult to have access to safe drinking water, especially during this dry season.
According to him, the absence of school, safe drinking water, and other social needs are posing a serious threat to their wellbeing, thereby causing their children to grow uneducated as well as causing them an unbearable health disaster, describing it as a total mere depression upon them as citizens living in that part of the country.
The residents who believe that their rights to have access to equal opportunity have been violated over several years are seeking a timely solution to these problems that continue to worry them daily.
He said on many occasions they have been seeking assistance from some government officials but to no avail.
An investigation conducted by the Inquirer Newspaper’s correspondent observed and noted keenly that those who are expected to be in school have all become farmers and some are now having babies by chance as evidenced by the absence of school.

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