Dilapidated structures, coupled with the lack of classrooms, is affecting quality education at the Asobeliga Anglican Primary School in Zebilla in the Bawku West District of the Upper East Region.
The situation has compelled some of the pupils to sit in makeshift structures, under trees, on stones and trees roots for lessons. Work has also stalled on a six-unit classroom block at floor level being constructed by the former MP of the Zebilla constituency Hon. Frank Fuseini Adongo.
With a population of 296 pupils, the school that was established in 2012 has only four Classrooms meanwhile the school beginning from KG to class six has not undergone any facelift till date.
The few dual desks for the pupils have broken down and left unattended to.
The nature of the structures seem a death trap and even ,woefully inadequate. The situation has compelled authorities of the school to locate some of the pupils under trees for their classes.
According to the Headteacher of the school, Mr. Agobre Chasson, the situation is seriously affecting teaching and learning.
“It is worrying because the pupils are exposed to the harsh weather conditions. I have written to the assembly and reminded them several times but nothing has been done about it. Any time you approach them their usual statement is we are making plans about it,” he stated.
Madam Wingur Veronica, a teacher, said the situation was worse in the rainy season.
Anytime it rained, pupils who sat under trees have to struggle their way to the dilapidated structures and that closes the days activities as they cannot continue with their lesson due to water dripping from the tree leaves on the pupils.
“Those who sit under trees are also exposed to reptiles and they usually lost concentration to animals that graze on the school compound,” she added.
According to the PTA chairman, they have followed up on the construction of the school which has stalled at the floor level at the Zebilla District Assembly, but the DCE Hon. Victoria Ayamba said she have no idea about the contract.
Mr. Dambilla Daniel, the SMC chairman of the school disclosed that the contract was awarded to one Mr. simon. He added that, Mr Simon complained the work couldn’t continue because he was not paid
Meanwhile the PTA lament that, the blocks are of low quality and they will not accept for it to be used because it will pose danger to the lives of their wards.
Mr. Chasson, therefore, made an appeal to the assembly and other benevolent organization for support to save the pupils from being exposed to the harsh weather conditions in the school.