The Tortoise Town Primary School located in Barchue Community; Oldest Congo Town was on Saturday night struck by a remorseless heavy storm which ripped off the school’s entire roof.
The school which was founded by some concerned residents in the Barchue Community caters to about 200 students from ages 5 to 18.
According to Mr. Banks Roesler, the school’s board liaison, the school’s formation did come from the desire to enable less fortunate parents send their kids to school in the neighborhood.
Mr. Roesler further stated that the school virtually functions as a charity school owing to the negligible fees being charged as compared to other primary schools.
The school’s principal, Mr. Esua R. Flama said the school was built and opened in September 2009 as an elementary school under the community leadership.
He said because the school is being run to cater for children of less fortunate parents, little funds generated had been inadequate to settle the staff’s salary and maintenance costs, a situation which resulted to the students not completing their 2011/2012 academic year.
It is amidst this difficult situation the school has been striving before this unfortunate damage occurred.
And when that happened, he said some prominent residents of the community collectively renovated the building and reopened the school in 2013/2014 school year.
For his part, the school board’s chairman, Mr. Tarplah Coleman said they are saddened by the ugly situation and stressed the urgent need for the students to return to school. And that they are working assiduously with the community chairman in order to get to the District Representative, township commissioner as well as prominent residents and business people in the community for assistance.
Meanwhile, the school’s administration is calling on the general public, including prominent and humanitarian institutions and individuals to come to its aid by giving some financial and material support. For the purpose of assistance, the school’s administration can be reached through the below contact numbers: 0886535147/0880353178