The administration of Government Bilingual High School Kumbo has enumerated a number of challenges plaguing the institution, as it seeks restoration from the damages inflicted by the Anglophone Crisis.
The institution’s head, Jaiy John noted that among their most urgent needs, are the construction of modern toilets, reequipping the destroyed home economics laboratory, remaking burnt down classrooms and replacing roofs perforated by bullets, The Guardian Post reports.
Principal Jaiy John made the remarks while appreciating the 1986 batch of ex-students of the school, who made a 400,000 FCFA donation to register 20 students for the General Certificate of Education (GCE) examination.
“I wish to call on us all to be ambassadors of peace and play our role where and when we can, to encourage children at home to go to school,” the administrator stated, appreciating the gesture made after the ex-students’ session in December, 2023.
The institution remains one of the few secondary and high schools still standing in the Kumbo subdivision, as the six-year-long armed conflict ensues.
Prior to the armed conflict, the institution was renowned nationwide for producing excellent academic results.
GBHS Kumbo, The Guardian Post reports, has seen a tremendous return of its student population over the past two years, rising to over 400 in the current academic year, from just nine students at the start of the 2019/2020 academic year.
Despite these encouraging figures, the situation still fails to reflect the original status of the institution which used to host thousands of students as well as a section for the Francophone system of education.
Even with the efforts to make the institution comfortable the journey to its former status remains a long and tedious one, as an end to the armed conflict remains far from sight at the moment.
Poise News Desk