Pupils of Twifo Ashire A.M.E. Zion Primary and D/A JHS in the Twifo Atti-Morkwa district of central region, who are forced to sit on bare floors to learn due to the lack of furniture, are appealing to the government for support.
When MyGhanaMedia.com visited the school, some pupils were seen lying on their bellies to write and others have improvised blocks and stones as seats. The situation at upper primary level was no different.
Conditions in the classrooms were deplorable as children sit on the cracked cemented floor to take lessons while others use wooden benches made by the school’s Parent and Teachers Association (PTA).
The Parents and Teachers Association chairman of Twifo Ashire A.M.E. Zion Primary and D/A JHS in the Twifo Atti-Morkwa district of central region, Mr Yeboah Shadrach has disclosed that, pupils in the school sit on the cracked cemented bare floored classroom before they can learn due to palpably inadequate furniture in the school.
Mr Yeboah hinted that the school has a total students enrollment of about 240 but only 45 desks are in the school from kindergarten to JHS. He added that there are also a total number of 12 teaching staff in the school who share only four teachers’ tables and chairs.
According to Mr Yeboah Shadrach, the furniture deficit in the school has culminated in “first come, first serve struggle” for both teachers and students in the school. Five to six students are now compelled to share one desk while others will have to result to the bare floor.
All the schools around Ashire have been supplied with adequate furniture leaving out “Ashire A.M.E. Zion Primary and D/A JHS he claimed.
He revealed that some of the parents are taking their wards to the nearby schools where there are adequate desks bringing the school’s students enrollment strength to an abatement.
“For almost two years now, we have consistently reported it to both the Assembly man for kayireku-Ashire electoral area, Hon Silas Kwame Dankwa and the DCE for Twifo Atti-Morkwa district, Hon Robert Agyemang Nyantakyi but the response is futile”.
Mr Yeboah Shadrach appealed to the government to as a matter of urgency equip Ashire A.M.E Zion Primary and D/A JHS with enough furniture for a proper teaching and learning environment.
Mr Samuel Abiatar, chairman of the School Management Committee (SMC) for Ashire A.M.E. Zion Primary and D/A JHS., however, say authorities in the area have neglected the school.
According to her, several letters written to the Ghana Education Service (GES) and Municipal Assembly haven’t been responded to.
He therefore called for assistance from government to provide classrooms and desks for the school children.
He explained the need to provide the school with furniture in relation to the observance of the covid-19 protocols.
He added that, said lack of classrooms and furniture reduce contact hours and also makes teaching and learning unattractive.
Some teachers who spoke off record for fear of victimisation expressed deep concerns over the situation.
Meanwhile, Some of the parents also registered their displeasure about the unfortunate furniture situation of the school.
Source: Listowel Aboagye Dacosta – MyGhanaMedia.com