Chiefdom authorities and residents of Dia town in the Kissi Kama chiefdom, Kailahun district have called on the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to kindly approve the community school situated in Dia town.
The residents who spoke to this reporter who was in the district on investigative tour over the weekend expressed their dismay over what they referred to as ‘total neglect’ of the school by the Ministry of Education Science and Technology.
According to them, the Government Junior Secondary School in Dia town was constructed in 2007 under the Sababu Education Project and that since then, neither the school nor its teachers have been approved by government.
Principal of the school, Tamba Samuel Jabba explained that the school has eight volunteer teachers assisting in teaching the pupils all the relevant subjects in the school.He said currently there are over three hundred pupils enrolled in the school, stating that in the 2011/2012 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), the school performed remarkably well as its pupils came out with the best result for the entire Kailahun district.
Mr. Jabba further revealed that the school registered seventy eight candidates for the exams in that academic year and seventy three of them got the requirement with a clear pass mark to be promoted to the Senior Secondary School (SSS).
Town Chief of Dia, Augustine Tamba Saffa said the government in 2007 constructed the Boyed Baptism Primary School and the Dia Government Secondary School in the township and months later it approved the Boyed Baptism Primary School neglecting the Dia Government Secondary School.
Paramount Chief of Kissi Kama, Tamba Okeke Jabba also confirmed that the Dia Government Secondary School is performing exceptionally well in its academic work. He said they as local authorities in the chiefdom have done all they could to get the ministry to approve the school but that all their attempts proved futile to date.
According to him, the school authorities and its teachers are now depending deeply on resources contributed by parents, pupils and local authorities to meet the daily cost of running the school.
He encouraged the government to speed up the process of approving the school for it not to collapse.