The leading school in Maryland County, which bears the name of the provincial capital, Harper High, is reported to be in ruins, causing the school to be relocated to a locality that appears not to be conducive for learning.
The principal of the school, Barbayon K. Bartue, told the Daily Observer in Harper City that the relocation of the school is hampering smooth learning activities, where students can no longer sit in class because the present campus is not fenced.
He said whenever the building is renovated it is destroyed in less than a year, making it necessary for the relocation of the school.
“Storms always damage the building every season and even some of the walls are hanging, which we cannot afford to be under,” he said.
“The Harper High School has been dilapidated for years, but nothing much has been done to have the building rehabilitated,” he explained.
The school is located at the bank of Lake Shepard, where most of the trees have been washed away by the sea.
There is a small level of renovation going on, but the progress is so slow that, if no good intervention from the government is made, the school will not be available for the next academic year, the principal said.
Reports suggest that the county has not been able to convene a County Council Sitting this year.
Some local officials who spoke to this reporter on condition of anonymity explained that the county council was held, but they did not have a quorum, owing to the absence of some officials that he did not name.
But Superintendent Betsy T. Kuoh–Toe of Maryland County refuted the claim, saying that the December 1, 2015 County Council Sitting was well attended and decisions were reached by delegates.
Concerning the renovation of the school, she said a construction firm has been hired to do the renovation, mainly on the roof, which is her main focus.
She added that to avoid renovating the school every year, they have decided to buy durable zinc for the roofing so as to resist the sea, which causes damage to the roof after every renovation.