Headmaster of the Brukum Agavenya L/A Junior High School (JHS) in the Yilo Krobo Municipality of the Eastern Region, Mr. Michael Teye is calling for urgent steps to address the infrastructural challenges threatening the existence of the school.
The challenges, he lamented, have turned the school into a death trap that continue to pose serious risks to both students and pupils.
Mr. Teye made the appeal in an interaction with Rite FM’s Edwin Larbi who visited the school during a recent DEOP monitoring exercise to ascertain the state of the school’s infrastructure which remains a concern to staff, students and parents.
The school head who said the facility is yet to see any facelift since its construction in 1973 (45 years ago), observed that its current state poses a threat to its occupants.
“The Brukum Agavenya JHS was built in the year 1973 and since then, the school has not seen any renovation,” he regretted. “The roofing sheets were ripped off following the recent down pour and the school block, due to its dilapidated status, is a death trap and thus making teaching and learning difficult.”
The Junior High School which is worst hit by the situation is currently compelled to put up with the primary school as the structure is remains uninhabitable in its resultant inconveniences.
The school head said that though the Yilo Krobo Municipal Chief Executive, Honourable Ebenezer Tetteh Kupualor has paid a visit to the school to assess the problem, nothing has as yet been done to rectify the situation.
“The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the Yilo Krobo Municipality, Hon. Ebenezer Tetteh Kupualor has paid a visit to the school in the wake of the challenges to evaluate the situation.
“After the MCE had assessed the situation, he directed that the JHS section be moved to join the primary section as work is done to fix the problems at the JHS site and has even promised teaching boards to be fixed in classrooms with immediate effect because teaching and learning has been placed on hold before the down pour due to the nature of the school’s teaching boards but that assistance is yet to come,” he complained.
The primary section, Mr. Michael Teye added is in no better shape either as doors to the classrooms have broken down. The situation has resulted in the closedown of the school for the last three weeks due to the down pour and lack of teaching and learning materials
STAR-Ghana with financial funding from DANIDA, Ukaid and the European Union is supporting Rite FM in the ongoing District Education Observer Project (DEOP II) which seeks to help improve the academic performance of 10 schools in the Yilo Krobo Municipality.
Source, Prince Paul Amuzufirstname.lastname@example.org