Bain-Garr District Education Officer (DEO) J. Lynon Martor has called on the county authorities to relocate the Ganta Sport Stadium. The stadium is located in his district.
The stadium is situated in John Wesley Pearson High School.
In an interview with the Daily Observer in Ganta recently he said the stadium would distract the students from learning, especially when they are in class while players are also on the playing pitch causing uncontrollable noise.
He explained that whenever sporting activities are going on, academic activities are disrupted, thereby leaving chairs and other facilities vulnerable to spectators, who often use them.
“I have told the city authorities to see reason to relocate the playing pitch from the school’s premises because it distracts the children’s attention when they are in school during games,” he said.
He added that the stadium occupies a land that belongs to the school. “What happens if we want to establish vocational or a technical department on the property?” DEO Martor wondered.
“It is about the future of our school-going children; we do not have an area to improve the school’s facility in terms of building a science laboratory.”
According to him the elders and citizens of Ganta allotted about 200 acres of land for the construction of J. W. Pearson High School.
Mr. Martor explained that the bulk of the land has been encroached on by the locals and some public facilities, including the stadium, Lonestar tower, the Magisterial Court, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, just to name a few.
“Most of the facilities don’t make noises comparable to what happens at the sport stadium, so we want it relocated so the school can have additional piece of land to carry on development, and for the learning process to be free of distraction,” he said.
The Ganta Sports Stadium is the only fenced sports pitch in the city. It has stadium wings and the capacity to accommodate over 5, 000 spectators.