The Bukunor Junction M/A Basic School in the Yilo Krobo municipality noted for its outstanding performances in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), sports and culture has notwithstanding its feat, continued to suffer years of infrastructural challenges.
Headmistress of the school, Mrs. Gloria Tetteh disclosed this during the Speech and Prize Giving Ceremony of the Bukunor Junction M/A Basic School held in the Yilo Krobo Municipality of the Eastern region which was aimed at recognizing, celebrating and rewarding the achievements of students and teachers as well as to celebrate its academic and extra curricula achievements for the past years in Bukunor.
The ceremony, which was on the theme: “Comprehensive and Accessible Education, A Tool for Development In the 21st Century” saw the presentation of prizes to some teachers and students who excelled in various subjects within the previous year.
Speaking with Rite news, the Headmistress of the school disclosed that, her tenure of office inherited some challenges with infrastructure.
“Some of our challenges include rusted roofing sheets with leakages, limited number of desks in the classrooms, the classrooms not floored and the poor state of the Staff Common Room and the lack of teaching and learning materials among other needs which is affecting studies for both teachers and students,” she told Rite news reporter, Joyce Bedeley.
“My tenure inherited infrastructural challenges such as school blocks with many physical defects especially the Junior High Block which needs massive renovation to aid teaching and learning for both teachers and pupils. Other challenges include the lack of furniture and ICT lab although we are in a technological world,” she decried.
Madam Gloria wondered how “about 40% of pupils sit on the floor for classes while the school has no computer lab to facilitate the learning of ICT in this 21st century.”
The headmistress expressed her appreciation to her teachers who renovated the KG block and provided furniture for the KG2 and lower primary pupils who hitherto sat on the floor for classes.
The School Prefect of the Bukunor Junction M/A Basic, Master Abayateye Desmond in his speech said despite the achievements recorded by the school, “The school’s infrastructure is not in good shape to enhance effective learning and teaching.”
He subsequently appealed to the school’s PTA, concerned citizens, philanthropists and NGOs to help the school find lasting solutions to these challenges.
Madam Gloria therefore stressed that, the school needs massive renovation to enhance effective learning and teaching.
She therefore appealed to the government and the Ministry of Education, NGOs and individuals to assist the school to find solutions to these infrastructural challenges and with other teaching and learning resources
Brief History of the School
History of Bukunor Junction M/A Basic School
The Bukunor Junction M/A Basic in the Yilo Krobo Municipality was started in the year 1988 under a tree by a community member, the late Mr. Moses Kweku Tetteh.
He started as the only teacher of the school during which his efforts attracted the attention of a Non-Governmental Organization, NGO, World Vision International. The organization subsequently put up the current structures which includes a KG, Primary, JHS and a Kitchen and has since served as an educational point for several children from the community and surrounding communities.
A growing body of research has found that school facilities can have a profound impact on both teacher and student outcomes. With respect to teachers, school facilities affect teacher recruitment, retention, commitment, and effort.
With respect to students, school facilities affect health, behavior, engagement, learning, and growth in achievement. Thus, researchers generally conclude that without adequate facilities and resources, it is extremely difficult to serve large numbers of children with complex needs.
Policymakers, educators, and business people are now focused on the need to ensure that students learn 21st century skills such as teamwork, collaboration, effective communication, and other skills. As noted above, older buildings simply are not conducive to the teaching of 21st century skills.
This is particularly true with the respect to reconfiguring seating arrangements to facilitate various modes of teaching and learning and the use of technology in the classroom as a mode of teaching and learning.
Source: Joyce Bedeleyfirstname.lastname@example.org