Grand Bassa County Electoral District #1 Representative Hans Barchue has donated amenities, equipment and resources to upgrade the capacity of the school system in his district.
The donations include a brand new 3.5KVA generator, a printer that includes a scanner and photocopier, one ambulance and the construction of washroom facility for one of the junior high schools within District #1.
Making the presentations over the weekend in Compound #1, Deputy Speaker Barchue expressed delight in bringing relief to students of his district and beyond “in this critical period of national development,” adding, “This is the beginning of several improvements we expect in our school system.”
He said his donations were intended to address the many challenges encountered by students, teachers and parents related to printing exam questionnaires, sanitation and transportation.
“Before today, teachers were charging for tests because the three junior and elementary schools do not have these facilities and parents were the ones shouldering the responsibilities.
“Teachers had difficulties in reaching Harbel, Margibi County in order to print test copies for students. Students even find it difficult to photocopy documents while in school thereby leaving them to risk their lives reaching other places and that has come to an end today.
“The printer will be free-of-charge for both teachers and students while maintenance will be provided by my office. Maintenance and gasoline for the generator will as well be provided by me so there is no need to search elsewhere,” he told the cheering crowd.
Deputy Speaker Barchue decried the “appalling” condition of schools in the district, which he said forced him to initiate a washroom project that will include students, teachers and guests’ bathrooms to ease the challenge of searching elsewhere for latrine facilities during classes.
“We just don’t want to criticize the system without providing solutions, and it is on that basis that we have come with these interventions.
“The ambulance will be presented to the district on July 26 to enable us to celebrate our Independence well. That ambulance will be used in collaboration with the District’s health team in order to transport patients from hard to reach areas to health facilities in and out of the county, if need be,” Rep. Barchue asserted.
He expressed concern over the status of the education system, but maintained that acting now to remedy the problems should be of interest to all parties involved with Liberia’s education.
He noted that the ambulance will remain free-of-charge for all within the district while workers operating the mobile health facility will be directly paid from his office.
In accepting the donation, Noryou Town Public School principal and secretary of the Principals’ Association in the District, Joseph Logan, praised Rep. Barchue for the “huge step” in addressing the many problems facing the school system.
He described the Grand Bassa County lawmaker as “the father of modern education” stressing the need for other citizens to emulate his good example.
“We’re happy that you came to our rescue today and this will go down in history,” Logan declared.
Meanwhile, Deputy Speaker Barchue also expressed commitment to increasing the number of teachers in the district on his payroll as part of an initiative instituted by his office.