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E/R: Akyem Abenase Methodist School in desperate need of infrastructure

The Methodist Basic School in Akyem Abenase, the Akyemansa District of the Eastern Region, is struggling because of insufficient infrastructure affecting teaching and learning.

The Methodist Basic School in Akyem Abenase, the Akyemansa District of the Eastern Region, is struggling because of insufficient infrastructure affecting teaching and learning.

The teachers are compelled to end class abruptly and send the pupils home whenever the weather is not favourable to avoid an unlikely event.

The school has about 400 pupils with six classrooms for both the lower and upper primary. Yet, the school is faced with challenges caused by inadequate infrastructure and teaching logistics.

It has a furniture deficit, compelling more than two pupils to share a dual desk which has become a hindrance to the development of the writing skills among students.

The classrooms are dusty as a result of potholes on the nearby road, making it uncomfortable for teaching and learning as well as threatening the health of the pupils.

In an interview, the Chairperson of the Parent-Teacher Association, Elder Stephen Boateng, disclosed that several appeals to the District Directorate of the Ghana Education Service (GES) for intervention have proved futile.

However, Elder Boateng has indicated that the assembly has prohibited parents from making contributions to salvage the situation.

The school has also been deprived of benefiting from the Ghana School Feeding Programme for some time now due to lack of funds to the caterer, he said.

Assembly member for Abenase Electoral Area Evans Kwaku Darkwah, in the same vein, appealed to the government, non-governmental organizations and other humanitarian bodies to urgently intervene to help enhance teaching and learning in their school.

He was livid at the poor state of the school structure, stressing that it sometimes prevents trained teachers from accepting postings to the community.

“It is so pathetic that a teacher teaching and a snake and other harmful animals appear in the classroom. If you were the teacher would you have the zeal and peace of mind to teach?” he asked.

“No, these are some of the challenges the school is facing and we need the assembly to expedite actions to fix the school building to curb unforeseen tragedies,” he reiterated.

Parents complain that due to inadequate infrastructure and furniture, their children are forced to sit on the floor with broken pieces of furniture.

They appealed to the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ofoase Ayirebi, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, and the Akyemensa District Chief Executive (DCE) to come to the aid of the school.

Source: myrepublic online.com

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