The lives of many school children in Atomic Hills Demonstration Basic Junior High School (JHS) at Ashongman in the Ga East Municipality of the Greater Accra Region are in danger.
The imminent danger, Today gathered, follows the constant invasion of the school compound by the dangerous reptiles, bull dogs, cattle, goats and sheep during school hours, which situation was adversely affecting teaching and learning at the state-owned basic school.
Today understands that the danger has been heightened, especially as the rain has set in, as there is no fence wall around the school, which has a population of about one thousand five hundred and forty (1,540) pupils.
Information gathered by Today indicates that these dangerous animals were constantly chasing out some school children on the school compound and sometimes when they are going home after school.
This development, Today discovered, often results in denying these children the right to education.
Furthermore, the situation has compelled the Chairman of the School Management Committee (SMS) in charge of Atomic Hills Schools in the Ga East Municipality, Mr Hislord T. Anang, to appeal to the government and other bodies to come in and support these kids and the Ashongman community.
Speaking in an interview with Today on the sidelines during the commissioning of a fully furnished three-unit classroom block at the Atomic Hills Demonstration Basic School at Ashongman which was built by the Member of Parliament (MP) for Dome-Kwabenya Constituency, Mr Anang said that most of the pupils were living in fear in the wake of the development.
“We also notice that the free entering of the school without any questioning from the security men has equally given way to strangers, bad influence people to do anything they want, exposing the school children to danger,” the SMC chair bemoaned.
He therefore, urged the Ghana Education Service (GES) Director of Ga East Municipality, chiefs, Ghana Police Service, MP, Municipal Chief Executive of Ga East Municipal Assembly and opinion leaders to help bring sanity to the school.
He also stressed the need for the MP to impress upon the secretariat of the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFUND) to release funds to complete the abandoned educational infrastructure development projects in the school to reduce over crowding of pupils in the classrooms.
According to him, the population of the school has increased drastically due to the quality teaching and wonderful results produced by the heads of the school, Parent Teachers’ Association (PTA) and the pupils.
The call for help, according to Mr Anang, has become necessary because some people with lack of evidence have developed the tactics of tarnishing the images of the heads, teachers and the school as well.
According to him, the organogram of the school illustrates that the SMC being the superior as mandated by the laws and its policies, followed by the school heads, the Parent Teachers’ Association (PTA) and the students.
With this education administrative structure, the chairman of SMC further appealed to the school authorities to help protect the image of the school.
Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU