General News of Wednesday, 8 June 2016
The Queen mother of the Kyiren Community in the Gomoa West district of the Central Region has appealed to the government to come to the aid of the community school.
Nana Esi Twuuah is appealing for desks and befitting structure for the pupils of the Adam-Kyiren Methodist Basic School in the district.
Myjoyonline.com reported about the challenges pupils of the school have to go through during class hours.
The school established in 1952 by the Ghana government to bridge the two communities namely, Adam Community and the Kyiren Community is fast deteriorating.
Residents spoke highly of the school arguing it was the pride of the two communities. They, however, said they cannot hold the same conclusion considering the current condition of the school.
With a population of 365 pupils, the school could boast of less than 150 desks. The Kindergarten class which has at least 72 children has only twelve chairs for the children causing the rest to sit on the floor, whilst others lie on their bellies to do their class exercises.
The primary section has its own challenges as pupils are made to sit four on a desk originally designed to take two pupils.
The situation, residents said has forced some of the pupils to boycott school.
The teachers have not been left out since the only place they could call their staff common room is a makeshift structure made up of a dirty aluminium roofing sheet.
Speaking to Myjoyonline’s Austin Brako-Powers after she had conducted the news team around the school, Nana Esi Twuuah expressed worry.
She said “The daycare was built by the community and since then the District Assembly has given us one promise after the other with no concrete solution.”
“The teachers come in with a lot of complaints,” she said in Twi adding “It saddens me that the district Assembly, and the Ghana Education Service have not done anything about them.”
She called on the government and benevolent individuals to help address the logistic challenges of the school.
On his part, the District Education Director, Peter Amankrah said it is not the responsibility of GES to supply the school with desks.
The district Assembly is responsible for that, he said adding his office has drawn the attention of the district authority to the plight of the school for assistance.