Pupils in Danger as they walk through floodwaters to school

Pupils of Dadevikope, a farming community in Ho Municipality of the Volta Region, are living under terrible conditions, which pose danger to their lives.

The situation, according to Today’s investigations, is as a result of perennial flooding that has hit the main road from Dadevikope to Ho where they attend schools.

Today’s investigations further revealed that the state of the road has become frightening, making it inaccessible for the pupils and students to go to school whenever it rains.

A recent visit to Dadevikope by Today to the area showed that the situation has more precarious for especially school children who wade through the floodwaters covering a distance of about two kilometres.

Sometimes it takes the brevity of elders amongst the pupils who carry the younger ones on their backs to cross the river. The situation, Today learnt, has compelled lot of parents to withdraw their wards from school.

These schools are Tsito Evangelical Presbyterian (EP) and Tsito Methodist Primaries and Junior High Schools (JHSs).

Residents alleged that every year at least two or more children lose their lives through floods.

Some parents who spoke to Today expressed worry over the disturbing situation.

The situation, according to the parents, was evident of government’s failure to provide basic amenities for the people.

According to them, they have on several occasions reported the bad nature of the road to the Volta Regional branch of the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ho Municipal Assembly to impress upon government to rehabilitate the road for them, but all to no avail.

“When there is heavy downpour the children have to stay at home for almost three weeks and more for the floods to subside. Sometimes when they struggle to walk or swim through the floods they end up wetting their learning materials in the process,” a worried parent lamented.

They expressed disappointment in the government for turning deaf ears to their problems.

 

Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU

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