-997 pupils to make use of facility
June 15, 2017 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
The National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT), together with the contractor, yesterday handed over a temporal five classroom block located at the Bishop Johnson Memorial School compound, to authorities of Cathedral Primary School for onward use by pupils to make learning convenient.
It could be recalled that over a month ago, NASSIT was being bashed at, after demolishing the school’s permanent structure at Victoria Park to aid the construction of a market without notifying the school authorities, especially the Anglican Diocese.
The demolition brought about outrage from the Anglican Diocese, parents and pupils, who were deprived of the opportunity to acquiring quality education in an ideal environment.
The new structure will house a total of nine hundred and ninety-seven pupils until a permanent structure is constructed.
According to Arch Deacon of the Anglican Diocese, Reverend Canon Joseph Kamara, NASSIT had agreed to have a temporal structure in place for pupils before the demolition of the school’s structure, but to no avail.
He welcomed the handing over of a temporal structure to the school but expressed hope that a permanent one would be built to house all pupils.
“We envisaged a peaceful settlement to this matter. It is our desire to have a permanent structure in place as soon as possible. We hope this structure will be temporal as it is built, because we don’t want to over burden staff and pupils of Bishop Johnson Memorial School,” he said.
Also speaking was the Special Adviser to President on Health, Yabom Sesay, who expressed her delight at the completion of the temporal structure for pupils.
She assured the Anglican Diocese and the school authorities of the construction of a permanent state-of-the- art facility, where learning would be made simple.
NASSIT Deputy Director of Administration, Amara Kargbo, on behalf of his institution, apologised to the school for the damage and inconvenience course during the demolition exercise.
He noted that they decided to fund the construction of the facility within the shortest possible time because they value education.
He stated that apart from the structure, they have also rehabilitated thirty (30) toilet facilities to be used by teachers and pupils, as well as the construction of a borehole and provision of a Milla tank to make access to water easier.
“Let me thank the Anglican Diocese for their patience throughout this period. We attach so much interest to education which is why we decided to have this temporal structure for pupils to learn,” he said and disclosed that a building is currently being constructed, which would house five offices for teachers.