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Pupils carry bamboo to school to renovate classroom

PUPILS OF Abertima D/A Primary School in the Upper Manya Krobo District of the Eastern Region have been asked to bring bamboo and palm fronds to school to renovate the collapsing bamboo-made classrooms.

Announcing to the pupils at Assembly when the DAILY HERITAGE visited the school, a teacher said, “class 3 to 6, you are bringing bamboos to school. It should be 12 inches.”

Abertima D/A Primary School, located near the official residence of the District Chief Executive for the area, lacks adequate classroom block.

The only two-classroom-unit block in the school was constructed by Plan International, Ghana for the Kindergarten pupils.

Pupils of class one to six learn in bamboo-made shed roofed with palm fronds.

Teaching and learning is always disrupted whenever it rains. During raining season teaching becomes impossible; also in the dry season, the high temperatures cause the palm fronds roof to dry easily, hence pupils are compelled to bring palm fronds every two weeks to roof the bamboo- made classrooms.

The dirty, worn out uniform -looking pupils reflect the dusty and dirty environment in which they access basic education.

Inadequate teaching and learning materials has compounded the challenges facing the school.

Teachers in the school were reluctant to grant recorded interview for fear of being victimised by Ghana Education and political heads in the district, however they expressed worry over the condition the school under anonymity.

A six-unit classroom block started in 2016 had stalled at foundation level after the election.

The state of educational infrastructure at the basic education level in the Upper Manya Krobo District of the Eastern Region continues to expose government’s neglect of primary education.

Poor BECE performance 

The bad state of schools in the district is a manifestation of the poor performance of students in Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

The 2016/2017 data obtained in the Upper Manya Krobo District indicated that total population in basic schools was 10,604.

Averagely, only one -third of candidates who write BECE pass every year.

In 2016/2017, out of the 786 candidates who wrote the BECE, only 275, 283 and 343 candidates passed Mathematics, Science and English respectively.

Out of 475 teachers teaching in basic schools in the district, 365 are trained.

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