BY CHANTAL DHOVI (UB journalism student on internship)
As the commencement of the 2020/2021 school year narrows, students of Government High School (G.H.S.) Mbonjo Limbe, situated at Down Beach, are currently lamenting over what they term the “unpleasant location of the school”, which affects the teaching and learning process to an extent. Created in 2007, the institution has moved from a secondary to a high school, but its infrastructure and environment has not evolved, many observe.
Speaking to Joy Onyedimma, a form five student of the institution, she details with displeasure, the sufferings she goes through when going to school. “I can’t explain how bad I feel whenever I have to think of walking in water and soiling the beautiful pair of shoes my mum bought for me when going to school”, she laments. Onyedimma said the poor location of the school is its main challenge and pleads on the government to relocate the school to a better and more conducive environment.
Also, Eboue Elvis, an inhabitant of New Town Limbe, told The SUN that, the insecurity of the school campus is worth noticing as the bushy and swampy environment causes more harm than good to the health of the students. He said mosquitoes and snakes from the surrounding bushes are threats to the lives of students. Eboue suggests that the government demolishes the abandoned grave yard located at the South East Community quarter in Limbe, (which has become a spot for the Indian Herm smokers) and rebuild a good building for the school.
In addition, Elongue Eposi, a form three student of G.H.S. Mbonjo pleads with the government to construct a good motorable road leading to the school or better still rebuild the school in a better environment. She laments on the inability to go to school most times during the rainy season as flood invades their classes when it rains heavily causing the teachers to call quit the day, thereby causing them a slowdown in the completion of their syllabuses on time.