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Sierra Leone News: Njala students on strike

Students in the School of Community and Health Sciences formerly called Paramedical at Njala University, Kowama Campus, have staged a peaceful protest to express their anger over what they described as a poor learning environment.
Some of students in final year, who begged for anonymity for fear of reprisals, said that since they entered the campus this year there has been poor electricity supply on campus and that they find it difficult to study at night.
“We have paid a huge amount of money as college fees but we are not enjoying the facilities that we paid for, and this is unfair to us. The President Bio led government needs to come and investigate why we are not getting light on a regular basis to study,” they said.
According to a student, Juliana Brima, who is in second year, “It is not only electricity that they need but they are also in need of chairs in the classrooms. The chairs are inadequate, as some of us stand while the lecture is going on.”
Juliana Kamara, in first year, claimed that the poor electricity on campus is responsible for the poor water supply as well and that something needs to be done to correct the anomalies in the university.
Princes Abu, a third year student, said that if the poor electricity is not addressed, it will have an adverse effect on their performance in exams as the time table for exams is up, adding that their parents will not be happy if they hear that they have failed.
“We were happy to hear that a lecturer from Njala was made Deputy Minister of Education for Technical and Higher Learning, Turad Senesie. We expect much from him as he knows the problems of the university including poor electricity supply.”
Reacting to the allegation, the Estate Officer at the School of Community and Health Science, Philip Robert, confirmed that the there has not been light for the past two weeks because of the breakdown of the generator on campus, adding that they have informed EDSA to supply light but to avail. “We need to provide light for the students,” the Estate Officer said.
AK/31/5/18
By Aruna Kamara in Bo
Friday June 01, 2018.

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