Parents of the Kpalaga D/A primary school, a farming community in the Kumbungu district of the northern region, are urgently appealing to the Ghana Education Service (GES) to furnish the school with furniture. The school’s furniture are depleted, worn-out and not fit for purpose. The situation according to the parents, have forced some of the children to sit on the bare floor, while others lie on their bellies during the conduct teaching and learning. The 6-unit classroom block housing the school, which was built many years ago has deteriorated. Windows and doors to the classrooms are removed leaving the classrooms opened ajar, allowing goats, sheep and other animals to take over the school after school hours.
Afa Abukari, a worried parent who spoke to this portal, said their attempts to get the situation fixed have not yielded positive results. According to him, the community has made persistent calls to authorities in the Kumbungu district, thus, both the GES and the assembly to renovate and refurbish the school but to no avail. He further noted that, the situation is hugely affecting teaching and learning.
He noted some teachers of the school, who do not stay in the community but come from Tamale to teach, report to school very late. “Our school teachers come to around 10am or 11am. By the time they report to school, contact hours have been lost. So our children don’t learn and the supervisors from the GES are watching them. Something must be done in our situation otherwise our children and the entire community will continue to suffer like” he indicated.
Another disturbed parent, Kwame Elijah, said, besides the poor infrastructure of the school, the Kindergarten children of the school are sitting under trees owing to the lack of classroom infrastructure. He noted that, the community has not got Junior High School, adding that, the pupils of the Kpalaga D/A primary school, to have to attend Junior High School education in Nyankpala in the Tolon district of the northern region.
The parents have therefore appealed to the Ghana Education Service, Kumbungu district assembly and the Member of Parliament for the Kumbungu constituency, Dr. Adam Hamza, Non-governmental organizations and philanthropists to come to their rescue.
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