School facilities in Sinoe County are said to be in deplorable conditions with some lacking seating capacity while some still lack chairs for students to sit in as youths of the county disclosed this recently to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf when she dedicated the youth center in Greenville.Youths of the county made the disclosure when they appealed to government for the betterment of schools because as they put it, ‘education for Sinoe is nowhere,’ eventhough President Sirleaf had just dedicated one modern school in the Taryuwon District as part of the county’s Independence Day projects.
With the construction of just one public school which has all of the modern facilities for good learning, the youths recalled how their school buildings are leaking, students are still sitting on the floors, the roof and zinc are all rotten and in terms of the West Africa Examinations, students in Sinoe County cannot even meet 50 percent of its requirements.
The youths through their spokesperson,MelvinSarh, said there is no system in the educational sector being put in place for the students that could point to any future improvements for the county and that to date;there is no understanding about the scholarship scheme that was ongoing in the county.
Student Sarh who is also the speaker of Sinoe County at the Mano River Student Parliament said in order for the system to improve for the county, youths too must assist and that is why they are requesting that a system be engendered so as to incorporate residents from Sinoe County who are willing to return and work in the educational sector.
Meanwhile, the students are even more confused about the closure of schools, as it relates to the Ministry of Education ‘s reform strategy wondering if by carrying out such measures will enable government renovate all schools across the county.
Just before the Independence Day celebrations, the Ministry of Education finalized its decision to close all schools across the country by Friday, July 31, 2015 but with amendments that there can be promotions in every class based on the professional judgment of schools’ principals.
The Education Ministry’s one day consultative meeting was held in Monrovia but drew County Education Officers (CEO) from almost all counties including Sinoe County and it was in that meeting that the 2015 Joint Education Sector Review declaration was read and presented to President Sirleaf.
If the Ministry’s pronouncement that is expected to be before the President or the National Legislature is anything to go by, all schools are to be considered rounding up for closure taking the first semester as a full curriculum year.
All of the CEOs and District Education Officers (DEO) spoke about ongoing renovations in their areas of assignments and Sinoe like all other counties is expected to be carrying out renovation and other extra curriculum activities for 9th and 12th graders who might be sitting the WAEC next year.