FACULTY OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT STUDIES,
PRIVATE MAIL BAG
The study was from a research conducted by the author titled: INVESTIGATING STRESSORS ON STUDENTS’ ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING IN THREE SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS, EASTERN SIERRA LEONE (unpublished). It investigated the stressors on students’ English Language learning in three senior secondary schools in the Eastern Sierra Leone. A significant number of respondents reported that they disagreed with payment of money for extra classes on English Language: the proportion was high in the Islamic Secondary School Koidu, higher in National Secondary School Kailahun and highest in Nasir Ahmadiyya Secondary School, Kenema. They do not also pay for submission of assignments because it is not conventionally correct for English Language. Photocopying of English Language teaching and learning materials takes time and uses too much of money. Students take their time to copy jottings themselves. They do not easily receive scholarships and in the case of females, sex grades are not given to them on English Language. Some important facilities such as spacious classrooms, libraries with well-stocked prescribed English Language textbooks and transportation facilities etc are not adequately available. Also, majority of students do not pay money to their teachers for practicals on English Language as it is done in other subject areas. Therefore, living conditions of students are high, because some of these outcomes are particularly in disagreement with the general opinion of parents everywhere in connection with what obtains in school. That is, students are economically abused, an evidence of corruption when they pay money for extra classes in other subject areas. In real sense, practicals on English Language are understood to mean “Oral English.” Sadly, Oral English is not quite given the attention that it needs for the Senior Secondary School level students. A school library, for instance, is an important facility in the educational development of students. Where libraries are available, the books are outdated. In fact, other sources of information for students including audio visual aids, internet, dictionaries and Poetry textbooks are not satisfactorily present for students to access them. Such inadequacies with respect to students’ English Language learning facilities highlighted in the study are thus acting adversely on students as stressors, bringing academic hindrance to development. Keywords: payment of money for extra classes on English Language, photocopying, scholarships, sex grades, payment of money as practicals, and poverty.