Some organic intellectuals of the once famous and prestigious Fourah Bay College (FBC), University of Sierra Leone (USL) have lamented over the dilapidating condition of their college structures.
According to the students, who asked not to be named for fear of disciplinary action against them by the college authorities, “to say that the once famous and prestigious FBC in Sierra Leone is in ruins is an understatement.”
The students claimed that FBC stinks and its current deplorable condition is unfit for human inhabitation, adding that such condition explains why the students’ hostels have been shut down since the 2008/2009 academic year.
One of the students explained that the once powerful citadel of learning in South of the Sahara is today bereaved of qualified lecturers in most of its faculties and departments, adding that the quality of teaching is one of the lowest anywhere in Africa.
“Our library can only boast of obsolete books like a village school far upcountry,” the student claimed.
The student jokingly said there are worries that the dilapidated college may soon be useful only for archeological research purposes as students may want to know where the Solomon Caulker Hall, Bai Bureh Hall and Davidson Nicol Hall were once located, adding that they may also dig to unearth the Wilson Theatre and the May Kingsley Auditorium that have lost most of their seats.
The student fumed that “a nation that has no capacity to train and educate its people is bound to be ruined by poverty and disease,” adding that, “the level of development of the people of any nation equals their human resource capacity.”
He also asserted that the poorest and least developed nation is the one that has the highest rate of illiteracy.
Meanwhile, the low quality of teaching at FBC was manifested in the recent Sierra Leone Law School results, when Victoria Adama Koroma of the University of Makeni (UNIMAK) emerged with the best result while majority of students from FBC that sat to the Bar Exam failed woefully.
Out of the seventy (70) students that sat to the Bar Exams, only twenty (20) of them qualified as lawyers with Victoria Adama Koroma leading the pack.