By Saffa Moriba
Eastern Polytechnic Practicing School situated at the Eastern Polytechnic College Campus in Kenema City, was engulfed by mysterious fire on Wednesday 19th October 2011. The four-classroom building was constructed by the Eastern Polytechnic Estate Department and funded by US Embassy, Sierra Leone Government and Community Teachers’ Association (CTA) in Kenema City.
The structure hosted classes 5 A and B and 6 A and B, staff room and Headmaster’s office. Several documents and other materials needed to run the school were destroyed. The cause of the fire is still not known at the time of going to press but one of the security men at the Eastern Polytechnic compound said that they noticed the fire around 2am on that fateful night. College Practice School authorities were quoted as saying that the entire structure including the entire facility of the school has no electricity supply; so electrical fault has been ruled out. The disaster has provoked serious debate in and around Kenema.
The burning of the administrative building came at a time the educational sector of the country and Kenema District in particular is on the spotlight for the wrong reason.