Cestos City-The chairman of the National Civil Society Council of Liberia in RiverCess county has blasted national government, particularly the Ministry of Education for not securing its properties in his county.
Mr. George J. Trokon speaking Monday, November 19, 2018 at the launch of the Ministry of Education Tutorial Program for WASSCE candidates at the Cestos High school said the Ministry has over the year failed to survey land various public schools are constructed on in all parts of the county.
Because of this, Mr. Trokon said some of the facilities have been encroached upon by community members. He made special reference to the facility of the Cestos Junior and Senior High school that lies in the heart of Cestos City.
The Cestos High school is the only highest institution of learning in RiverCess.
The civil society actor said at the time the land was given for the erection of the facility, the land was as large as 10-15 acres, but has greatly been reduced to as low as the land holding the school building.
In addition to his statement, Mr. Trokon said schools have no securities at night to protect the facilities thereby making them vulnerable to criminals.
In 2016, unknown persons broke into the facility of the Zammie Town Public School located in Kploh Chiefdom, Central Rivercess district during the administration of its former principal Isaiah P. Gbotoe and took away a 25 kva generator and several other uncounted materials.
This year, the Cestos High school fell prey to burglary with the school’s lap been broke into taking some materials way.
Presently, there are private residential homes all around the school building that are as close as 10 feet from the school building. The land holding the homes are said to be contained in the land that was set aside for the school.
The situation according to Mr. Trokon has created embarrassment for the county and the school administration in a sense that there can no more be additional building constructed on the land if the government wants to modernize the facility.
In 2016, River Cess county electoral district #2 Representative Byron W. Zahnwea submitted a bill to the lower house wanting to make the Cestos High School a multilateral high school.
Although the bill is yet to be a law, there may be construction of additional buildings if the legislature passes that bill.
Story By The Monrovia Times Rivercess Correspondent: Aaron Wesley Geezay firstname.lastname@example.org