More than 800 students of the Government Demonstration Elementary School in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount
County, are expected to be kept out of school due to the dilapidated condition of their school building.
The disclosure was made over the weekend to the Liberia News Agency (LINA) correspondent in the county by the County Education Officer, Dwight Harvey.
LINA quoted Mr. Harvey as saying that the roof of the building is so decrepit that whenever it rains, the administration is left with no alternative but to send the students home, thereby
interrupting their normal academic activities.
If nothing is immediately done to repair the school this rainy season, Harvey said, the school administration and the county education authority will be compelled to close it down because the building becomes flooded whenever it rains.
He also disclosed that besides the deplorable condition of the roof, all of the doors and many chairs in the classrooms are damaged.
He added that the five-room toilet building of the school is also destroyed, forcing students to use the nearby bushes to attend to the call of nature.
Mr. Harvey is appealing to government and international organizations to come to the aid of the school so that the children will continue their learning.
Grand Cape Mount County is in northwestern Liberia. One of 15 counties that comprise the first-level of administrative division in the nation, it has five original districts. Robertsport serves as the capital with the area of the county measuring 5,162 square kilometers (1,993 sq mi). As of the 2008 Census, the county had a population of 129,055, making it the eighth most populous county in Liberia.
The county is bounded by Gbarpolu County to the northeast and Bomi County to the southeast. The northern part of Grand Cape Mount borders Sierra Leone while to the west lies the Atlantic Ocean. Its school system has in recent times been plagued by problems owing to lack of instructional materials, qualified teaching staff and dilapidated and poorly equipped buildings.