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As FCC relocate traders

…Head teacher says ‘we are happy’

By Regina Pratt

Head teacher of the Cathedral Girls primary school at Howe Street, central Freetown, Mrs. Elfrida Taylor, says the school’s administration is happy that the Freetown City Council has relocated traders away from the immediate environs of the school.

She was speaking in an exclusive interview with Concord Times last Wednesday at the school’s premises, as she lamented the fact that the presence of traders just outside the school caused more harm than good, including the destruction of their fence by either the traders or council officials.

She said an official report has been made to the administrators of the school, although nothing is yet to be done about it.

Deputy head teacher, Tom K. Jartu, said the school operates five components, namely girls and boys one and two respectively, and combined infant boys and girls.

He lamented the fact that the school has been grappling with many challenges since the former chairman of Freetown City Council Committee of Management, the late Alfred Akibo-Betts, gave the go-ahead for traders to erect stalls around the school.

“This apparently blocked the school’s view as its entrance was difficult to locate,” he said, adding that the stalls were used as hiding places for pupils who play truancy, while persistent noise from rowdy traders made the environment less conducive for education.

Mr. Jartu said the situation adversely affected enrolment in the school as some parents and guardians transferred their children and wards to other schools. The basement of the school, she added, is also used as storage for petty traders and that a formal report has been sent to the Dean of the Anglican Cathedral in Freetown.

“Removing the stalls and relocating the traders is one step up for us as we can now write proposals for the rehabilitation of the school,” he enthused, adding that the school’s visibility has been greatly enhanced and can now be seen from as far as lower Howe Street/Lightfoot Boston Street.

He appealed to the Freetown City Council to repair the broken fence separating the school and Sewa grounds, the location earmarked for the construction of new market stalls for traders.

He also appealed to the Anglican Mission to bring pressure to bear on those who operate the basement of the school so that it will be closed as storage facility.

He also pleaded with the Ministry of Education and the Disaster Management Unit at the Office of National Security to rescue the school from its current dilapidated state.

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