J.J. Ross High School on Ashmun School in central Monrovia risks closure by the Ministry of Education if the school’s authorities fail to ensure certain corrective measures before the new academic year begins.
Inspecting several schools in Monrovia Tuesday ahead of the opening of schools, the Acting Minister of Education, Dr. Mator Kpangbai expressed disappointment over the appalling health condition observed a J.J. Ross High School and warned its administrators to take prompt corrective measures or risk closure.
“At least we expect the school to put in some maintenance plan in order to give our students a good learning environment. They need to give the buildings a face-lift, clean the floors, whitewash the building, and ensure that instructional materials are put in place before August 22,” he observed.
Dr. Kpangbai said the tour also aimed at examining the physical and sanitary facilities of these schools as well as educational opportunities available there, including but not limited textbooks, curriculum preparation, qualification of teachers and principals.
The weeklong schools inspection, which began Monday, has already covered CWA (high school) and the Assembly of God Mission High Schools on Buchanan Street, where Dr. Kpangbai expressed mix reactions after inspecting their facilities.
“We will be sending letters to the institutions that we have visited. And to one of the institutions, we are going to review our permits because, if corrective measures are not put in place within the next two weeks, that school will not open on August 22. I am making specific reference to the J.J Ross,” he stressed.
“Some of the schools are trying their best. But, my greatest disappoint about the CWA is that they don’t have a functional Science laboratory. We are greatly disappointed about this.
“I have already instructed the Director of Science and Technology at the Ministry to visit the CWA immediately and ensure that the school puts in a plan that will ensure a good laboratory for the students before August 22.”