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Schlenker Secondary School in a dilapidated state  

October 31, 2019

By Mohamed Massaquoi

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The oldest secondary school in the North-Western District headquarter town of Port Loko is currently in a dilapidated state and gradually dying, after being abandoned by successive governments.

The school was established in 1959, but it infrastructure has not been refurbished for the past fifteen years, according to what Concord Times gathered on ground.

In 2014, members of the Schlenker Old Student Association (SOSA) launched a programme  for the rehabilitation of  the school in three phases, but  that project failed woefully thus  exposing the institution to public laughter.

A senior teacher who preferred anonymity informed this medium that at the moment students are using nearby bushes as toilet.

“We are appealing to the president to help us and pupils of this school. We have been promised times without number by the old boys .They have promised to rehabilitate this school, but all has proven fake,” he said.

Mohamed Kanu is one of the students attending the school. He told Concord Times that the school lacks trained and qualified teachers to teach core subjects including English, Mathematics, and Chemistry, among others.

“Students are often blamed for poor results or examination malpractices, but in the situation where the facilities are completely lacking, all of us should take responsibility,” he said.

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