Albert Sore's Memoir: Children study in dilapidated school; new block uncompleted

Source: Ghana | |Albert Sore
Date: 19th-may-2017 Time:  3:29:24 pm

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In a four-room mud structure with cracked walls and a blown off roof, you meet the children sitting on the bare ground for lessons - this was the situation at the Agandaa primary school in February 2016.

I returned to the school located at Kandiga in the Kasena-Nankana West district of the Upper East Region, recently to find out the latest development.

The school has now been roofed, although in a rather patchy fashion and everything else at the school remains same as it was last year, if not worse.

On the day of my visit, school had just reopened and many of the children had not reported to school, but the few children in classes 1 and 2 were sitting on pieces of blocks for lessons, just like last year.

The cracks on the walls of this mud structure are getting deeper – also, worse than last year.

But even more disturbing is a new development, which was missing last year. There were fresh animal droppings littered in the classrooms where the children learn. 

“When it is raining or when there is threat of windstorm, what I simply do is close the school because you cannot tell what will happen next. This is still a death trap,” headmaster of the school, Gilbert Atanga lamented.

Away from the mud structure is a new concrete classroom block.

Although the building is finished and roofed the headmaster says, work on the building which started in November last year, stopped in January this year.

Gilbert Atanga, Headmaster of Agandaa primary school 

According to him, the Joy News report about the school last year got the then District Chief Executive, George Nonterah and the new Member of Parliament for Chiana-Paga, Rudolf Amen-Etigo to respond.

He said that led to the construction of the new building.

“But we are still at square one because an unfurnished building is not usable so we can’t access the classrooms,” he said.

As the new building awaits completion, the pupils will have to continue their lessons in the dilapidated mud structure.

The rainy season has just started and already rainstorms have destroyed some schools in this district where Aganda primary school is located.

But with more rains predicted this season, the mud structure may not survive the vagaries of the weather and might leave the pupils without a classroom.

In its current state, it remains a death trap that could collapse on the children at any time.

“We don’t have a classroom block. We don’t have chairs and tables to sit. We don’t have textbooks. So we want the government to help us”, Doris Ayanore, a pupil from the school pleaded with authorities. 






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