By Lucian Kulanda
The York West Africa Methodist Secondary School is the first secondary school that was established in the Western Rural District in 1976.
For years now, this establishment has met lots of challenges such as inadequate furniture, lack of learning equipment among others.
Juric Pratt is the Headman of York community. He informed AYV in an interview that he is unhappy over the derelict condition of the school, adding that a school environment should be conducive and accommodative so as to capture the fancy of the pupils for them to be encouraged and happy to acquire quality education.
But with the current deplorable condition, he went on to state that the facility is similar to a dumping ground. The Headman went on to say that the York West Africa Methodist Secondary School was the first to be established in the Western Rural District and has produced a lot of prominent people in all walks of life. He used the opportunity to call on government to help upgrade the school.
Speaking on their challenges, Lamin Kamara, a teacher at the York West Africa Methodist Secondary School said most of the pupils have chosen fishing over education due to the derelict and shameful condition of the school. He said as teachers, they visit the children in their respective homes in a bid to appeal with them to leave the beach and return to school. He lamented further that during the Rainy Season the classrooms leak and the school is gradually falling apart due to lack of maintenance. Mr. Kamara went on to say furniture and other needed learning equipment are some of their limitations. He also pleaded with government and other charity organizations to come to the aid of the school.
Speaking to AYV, some of the children lamented the derelict condition of the school and described it as a curse which caused the children to turn their backs on learning. They told AYV that they feel ashamed to be attending the school because of its derelict condition, adding that they are also ashamed of inviting their friends to visit them at the school. They also are appealing to the government to provide them with Free Quality Education books so they would feel equal with their colleagues in other schools, adding that class six pupils are in dire need of these books and other teaching aids if they are to do well in the exams.
The community people also used the opportunity to call on the government to help address the educational challenges facing their community.