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Land Dispute…

Over 300 pupils thrown out of school


October 26, 2017 BY Ransford Felix and Dusuba Koroma-Interns


The head teacher of Regmel Preparatory School on Patton Street, east of Freetown has told Concord Times that his pupils were on Monday, 24 October thrown out of the school while they were busy writing their first term examinations.

Sulaiman Deen Sankoh explained that they were surprised to have seen a troop of police officers invade the school and asked everybody, including pupils, out of the compound.

He added that they were not given notice prior to the eviction.

He revealed that the owner of the land on which the school is built had informed them that she would be putting it up for sale, but noted that the school could not afford the amount of money the landowner had demanded.

He said they were in negotiation with the landowner to see how best they could purchase the said portion of land but failed to reach an agreement before it was sold to a Fullah businessman.

However, he said their lawyer had brokered an agreement on their behalf which terms allowed them to occupy the land until 30th November of this year.

“We were surprised to see police officers this morning asking us out of the school premises. We have already secured a portion of land but we are asking that they allow us complete the first term,” he pleaded.

“It is a heartfelt situation and the only way we can seek redress is by coming to the ministry to speak on our behalf and find a possible solution to this problem.”

Meanwhile, one of the aggrieved parents, Mabinty Kamara said: “We are saddened to see our pupils thrown out of school at a time when their colleagues are in school, more so when they are presently on their first term test. We are paying fees for our children and we hate seeing them thrown out of the street. We are pleading to government to come to our rescue.”

Meanwhile, Public Relation Officer of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Brima Michael Turay, said the ministry was more concerned about the welfare of the pupils, adding that ministry officials have held a meeting with headmaster of the school to explore means of providing a temporary structure for the children until a permanent structure is secured.

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