The lives of about four hundred and sixty seven (467) pupils in Vome Methodist Primary School in bank of Black Volta Lake at Battor Traditional Area in the North Tongu District of the Volta Region are in a serious danger, DAILY Analyst can authoritatively report.
The worry development followed the decision of the school authorities to force the pupils to study under trees and open shades due to lack of classrooms, exposing the children to environmental hazards on the blindside of the Ghana Education Service (GES).
Information reaching DAILY Analyst indicates that the situation has compounded with the constant invasion of the state-owned basic school by dangerous snakes, scorpions, alligators and other reptiles which some chased out the pupils of the class hours.
The paper discovered that the development has put the pupils of the school at danger of being bitten by these dangerous reptiles hiding in the surrounding shrubberies and trees around the premises of the school.
DAILY Analyst was informed that the Battor-Vome Vome Methodist Primary School which was mud structure and thatch roof collapsed during the wake of the novel Corravirus (COVID-19) disease in March 2020 hence learning and teaching are being done under trees.
The collapsed of the mud structure, has negatively affected the pupils of the Vome Methodist Primary one A, Primary 1B, Primary 2A, 2B.
The pupils of Kindergarten (KG) have also been affected by the lack of classrooms which has hit the school, compelling the pupils to study under trees and makeshift structures.
And any time it rains, this paper learnt, lessons were disrupted because the pupils studying under the trees and shades had to be sent home.
Our investigations revealed that most teachers refused posting to the school due to the lack of accommodation whiles those who accept the posting do not stay for long before they ask for transfer to other schools.
Due to these conditions, this paper gathered that the quality of learning and teaching is compromised as the school has to close earlier than normal.
The school, which was established in 1939 by the community, according to the Chairman of Parent Teachers’ Association (PTA) of the school, Mr Henry Kwadwo Agbemabia Gborglah, lacks classroom blocks, teaching and learning materials and sanitary facilities among others.
According to him, the situation has made it difficult for education to progress in the Battor-Vome community.
Lack of tables and chairs to have compelled four pupils to use one double-table, a situation the school authorities has called on the Ghana Education Service (GES) to come to their aid.
According to the PTA Chairman of the school, the District Chief of North Tongu District Asssemby Mr Richard Collins Arku has been notified several times but yet to get receive a favorable response.
Mr Gborglah who doubles as the former Headmaster of the Battor Senior High School then called on the GES and Ministry of to intervene in the situation by providing additional infrastructures and logistics to improve the quality of education in the area.
A teacher who teaches ‘under tress pupils’ (name withheld), who spoke to this reporter also narrated the harsh conditions he found herself in teaching under trees, making it difficult for effective learning due to noises emanating from the outside environment.
“Teaching under trees has not been easy. It exposes the pupils and the teachers to the harsh environmental conditions like wind, sand and rain. It affects the teaching and learning as any activity created by moving vehicles and passerby disrupts the class,” he lamented.
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