Etmonia Tarpeh, Education Minister
Sande Society Affecting Academic Activities
By David Pamas Seedee
TUBMANBURG, Feb 27 (LINA) – The Principal of the Sasstown Public School, Rev. Alphonso Nimely, has said that Sande Society activity, during school period, is affecting academic activities in the area.
Rev. Nimely said while it is in place to obey and respect traditional norms and activities, the timing of such activities should ensure that they do not interfere with academic activities.
Speaking to the Liberia News Agency in an interview in Sasstown, Klay District, Bomi County on Wednesday, Rev. Nimely said female students are mostly affected during Sande Society sessions.
He explained that many students who were in school during the first semester of the 2013/2014 academic year, are not in school this second semester due to the initiation of the Sande Society.
Rev. Nimely said the school cannot actually decide the fate of the students should they decide to return to school after the fifth marking period test.
The Principal has meanwhile disclosed that the school received 1,115.00 USD as grant from the World Bank, during the first semester 2013/2014, for the renovation and maintenance of the school.
He said portion of the money was used to purchase instructional materials for the school. He told the Liberia News Agency that the World Bank provides the funding yearly per semester.
Rev. Nimely said the school has an enrolment of 734 students, with 19 teachers. He said six of the teachers including him are not on the Government payroll.
The Sasstown School Principal has at the same time stressed the need to have the compound of school fenced to avoid students leaving the campus, especially on market days in Sasstown.