Information reaching Today indicates that a total of two hundred and twenty (220) pupils at Ampaha Pentecost Basic School in the Bosome-Freho District of the Ashanti Region are learning under unsafe classrooms which are posing danger to their lives.
This imminent danger, Today discovered, is as result of the inability of the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Bosome-Freho District Assembly to provide the pupils with safe classrooms.
A visit by the paper to the area revealed how pupils of both Ampaha Pentecost Primary and Junior High School struggled to learn under visibly deep cracked classrooms buildings.
Today gathered that the pupils of Ampaha Pentecost Basic School, who comprised both kindergarten and Junior High School pupils were forced to sit in the death trap classrooms to learn
And this was just one of the school’s many infrastructural challenges.
Today’s findings showed that due to the poor nature of the school, the stray animals often entered into the various classrooms during school hours which situation was threatening teaching and learning.
Aside from these challenges, Today was reliably informed that learning had to be suspended anytime the rains come down.
Today’s investigations revealed that Ampaha Pentecost Basic was the only public school serving the entire Ampaha community.
The school which was built with cement blocks and plywood in 2003 has become a dangerous place to learn by the pupils.
Speaking to Today, some of the pupils lamented the effects of the situation on academic work, and called for government’s swift intervention.
“We don’t have classrooms, we are forced to learn in dangerous classrooms. We don’t have textbooks, especially English, and no drinking water, and all these are affecting learning.
For his part, the Head teacher of the school, John Amoateng, in an interview with Today explained that, the unfavourable conditions do not only inconvenience both teachers and pupils, but also affects academic work.
He expressed disgust about the conduct of the District Chief Executive of the Bosome-Freho District Assembly, Mr Yaw Danso for turning a deaf ear to the situation.
He called on government, Member of Parliament for the area, Mrs Joyce Adwoa Akoh Dei, non-governmental organisations, and philanthropists to assist the school render quality education to the underprivileged pupils.
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