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GTUCCU Inaugurates Staff Quarters At Bolibana BCS

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The 15-room inaugurated Staff Quarters at Bolibana BCS

By Momodou B. Dem

The Gambia Teachers’ Union Cooperative Credit Union (GTUCCU) on Thursday inaugurated a fifteen-room staff quarters in Bolibana Basic Cycle School in the Upper River Region. 

The facility, which is in line with the corporate-social responsibility of the GTUCCU has a ‘Bantaba’, is fitted with a solar-powered lighting system, a television set, among others.

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Louis Moses Mendy hailed the development, and informed that teacher welfare is a part of components necessary in the attainment of quality education; before adding that the plight and interest of teachers remain central to his ministry. 

The Board Chairperson of the GTUCCU Abdou Karim Sey expressed GTUCCU’s resolve to replicate such gestures in schools that are in dire need.

Sey called on members of GTUCCU to commit to supporting resolutions that would empower the union to carry on such necessary moves.

The President of the Gambia Teachers’ Union, Ismaila S. Ceesay said the construction of the quarters has put to rest the nightmare of the teachers sleeping in stores.  

 “Having this structure here (Bolibana) is a boost for teachers’ morale and an encouragement to other teachers who are yet to come over to Region Six on postings,” he said. 

The GTU President stated that the development would go a long way in enhancing effective and efficient teaching and learning, while encouraging the occupants to take good care of the structure.

Sometime in July 2021, the Minister of Basic and Secondary Education, Claudiana Cole, laid the foundation stone for the construction of the now inaugurated staff quarters at the URR settlement. 

Bolibana is one of the farthest communities from Banjul, and teachers at its school had grappled with accommodation over the years, before this development.

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