Vol. 4, Issue 6 (2017)
An assessment of the teaching classroom spaces in public senior secondary schools in Bo city, Sierra Leone
Author(s): Augustine Sondai, Peter Mboh Muffuh, Dr. Joseph BA Kandeh, Tom Gibao Lahai
Abstract: The study assessed the teaching classroom spaces in senior secondary schools in Bo city. The study made use of the survey design. Quantitative data collection method was employed. The population comprised all teaching classrooms, all students in the senior secondary schools in Bo city during the 2015/2016 academic year. One hundred and forty three (143) teaching classrooms and the student roll for the 2015/2016 academic year in each of the six sampled public senior secondary schools in Bo city comprised the sample. Purposive sampling technique was used to select the six senior secondary schools. The dimensions of the teaching classroom floor spaces of the six sampled senior secondary schools were measured and the number of students each classroom can ideally accommodate computed. This data was compared with the roll of each class. The research revealed that with the exception of Government senior secondary school, Bo, the classroom floor spaces available in the other sampled public senior secondary schools in Bo city were found to be overcrowded. The administrators admitted far more students than their schools can ideally accommodate. Also, the study revealed that the majority of the sampled public senior secondary schools have low ceiling, poor ventilation, uncomfortable temperature, noisy locations, and all the classrooms have row layout.