The Paul Kurom Zion L/A Basic and Junior
High School (JHS) at Yaw Boame community, a suburb of Teacher Mante in the Ayensuano
District of the Eastern Region, is in dire need of support to improve the
school’s infrastructure to enhance effective teaching and learning.
The school which has a population of 170
students and a class level from Kindergarten (KG) to JHS two, lacks proper
classroom blocks, library, toilet and urinal facility and Information
Communication Technology Centre (ICT).
The only government basic and JHS in the
community has been in a deplorable state for the past 15 years, and the
situation of the school is hindering academic progress.
A visit by the Ghanaian Times to the
community observed sheds roofed with aluminum sheets served as the school’s
class blocks and shed made from palm fronds and roofed with aluminum sheet
served as the toilet and urinal facility.
The headmaster of the school, Mr Peter
Akatsa, in an interview with the Ghanaian Times described the school’s
situation as “very appalling” adding that appeals made to the Ayensuano District
Assembly and Education Office in the district was yet to elicit any response.
He said the sheds which is being used as
classrooms for the students was built by the Parent Teachers Association (PTA),
adding that the structure was not safe for effective teaching and learning.
Under this circumstance, Mr Akatsa
explained that the situation had compelled the teachers to close the students
in the event of rains because classrooms got flooded making teaching and
“Whenever the rain drizzle the school
has to close down before the downpour sets in since the structure is not a safer
place for the students especially the KG pupils,” he said.
Mr Akatsa said the school had only two
poor and unhygienic palm-fronds made toilet and urinal facilities situated in
the bush for both students and the teachers, exposing them to reptiles.
the school toilet situated is very dangerous for we the teachers and the pupils
as well especially those in the KG since the facility is being conquered by snakes,
monitor lizards and scorpions and sometimes we fear the students might be
bitten by these poisonous animals,” he said.
According to Mr Akatsa, the school would have its first JHS 3 student who would be
registered to write the Basic Education Examination Certificate (BECE) next
year, adding that the absence of ICT centre, may affect the students who might not
be able to write the ICT examination in the BECE saying, “This particularly has
been the greatest challenge, very hectic and burden for the teachers and PTA as
Mr Kingsley Tosua, the PTA chairman
added that the challenges the school was facing had compelled some parents to
withdraw from the PTA, and had stopped contributing to raise funds for the development
of the school.
Mr Tosua pleaded with the President,
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the other philanthropists to come to the aid of
the school, “we appeal to the president and leaders of the country to visit the
community and support us, our children are suffering and are denied quality
He said it would be to the disadvantage
of the community if the school collapsed since it’s the only government school
in the Yaw Boame community.
The PTA chairman added that the teachers
and the headmaster, out of sympathy were compelled to procure teaching and
learning materials from their own resources, to change the sheds of the made
from palm fronds, whenever it became old and dry.
He, therefore, lauded the headmaster for
his little support with regards to maintaining the school even in a deplorable
FROM EVANGEL KELVIN AINOO, YAW BOAME.
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