Authorities at the Ministry of Education (MOE) in collaboration with its partners from the World Bank Thursday, June 12, dedicated a newly constructed primary school in Billy Town, near Po-River on the Monrovia-¬¬Bomi highway, Montserrado County.
The dedication of the Billy Town School is the first of schools the MOE is constructing throughout the country with funding provided by the Global Partnership for Education.
The US$180,000 used for the construction of the Billy Town Public School, according to the Ministry’s Project Coordinator, David M. Baysah, was a grant the Ministry received from the World Bank through the Global Partnership for Education to improve easy access to education especially in poor and remote areas within the 15 counties.
Under this grant, Mr. Baysah said, the MOE is obliged to construct and furnish 20 basic education schools; 16 three classrooms primary schools with eight early childhood centers, and four other six classroom primary schools.
The schools, he said, are under construction in the 15 counties including the newly dedicated Billy Town School, which contained classrooms, office space, library, kitchen and or modern-in-built bathrooms for both instructors and students.
While giving the overview of the school earlier, the highly elated Principal of the school, Catherine W. Washington explained among other things that, the Billy Town Public School was founded on January 26, 2004 to meet the demand for the provision of education for the fast growing school-aged population within the community.
With the construction of the new building, the students’ enrollment has increased from the previous number of less than 200 to about 450 students at the level of both the primary and early child development programs with an instructional staff of 16 personnel.
Prior to the construction, the Billy Town met all of the guidelines and criteria set up for the selection of a six classrooms primary school starting from accessibility, enrollment.
In a special remark, Education Minister, Etmonia David Tarpeh expressed gratitude to members of the community for their ‘cooperation’ to provide the land and also assistance given during the construction of the building.
Minister Tarpeh then challenged the locals as well as the school Administration to maintain the facilities by ensuring that an unknown person(s) will not come under the cover of darkness to steal whatever that will come to school for the benefit of the students.
Additionally, she urged the community to mold sun dried bricks so that the MOE will expand classes for the pre-school goers.