Post-Ebola Hardship Affects School Enrollment

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What is termed as Ebola economic hardship is said to be affecting the enrollment of several private schools in and around Ganta, Nimba County.

The proprietor of Savinna Giant Steps nursery school,   Rannie Sackie, speaking to the Daily Observer in Ganta, recently said due to the hardship caused by Ebola most of the parents could not afford to send their children to school.

He explained that before Ebola, his school used to be very crowded with pupils, especially toddlers, but many parents cannot afford tuition this time because of economic hardship.

“As we speak, most of the children who attended our school last year can be seen around street corners selling water and most of them are even in the community not going to school,” he observed.

“We are strategically located in an area where you cannot find any public school around so it is an opportunity for under-aged children who cannot go far from their community,” he noted.

Sackie noted: “Despite the dropping of students, the school is providing all necessary educational needs so as to become second to none in Ganta in molding the minds of our children.”

Rev. Roosevelt G. Suah, principal of St. Emmanuel’s Lutheran School in Ganta narrated, “Even though we have students, yet they cannot be compared to last year and this is owing to hardship complaints we are getting from parents.”

Many other schools, including the NAWOP in Ganta, Solid Foundation as well as schools in Saclepea have not been to receive many students.

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