Mrs. Comfort Odro Yeboah, headmistress of Adeiso Presby Primary School A & B in the Upper West Akyem District of the Eastern Region has appealed to the government to provide adequate infrastructure to enable the school to end the shift system.
According to the headmistress, the school, which was established in 1936 had inadequate classroom blocks to house the student population of 600, adding that the authorities of the school were left with no other option than to result to running a shift system.
She said due to the shift system some of the students who were supposed to be in school during school hours have resorted to patronising game centres among others.
Mr. Odoro Yeboah who was speaking at the school’s maiden Open Day celebration on the theme, ‘Enhancing discipline to promote quality in our school’ said the shift system had become a major challenge to effective teaching and learning in the school.
“The school has only six classroom blocks and we will need additional six-unit block to house the 600 students so that we can stop running the shift system and also enable the teachers to instill discipline in the school children,” she said.
She added that the Kindergarten block in the school had become a death trap, adding that the pupils were forced to go home anytime it rained.
In a related development, Mrs. Odoro Yeboah also revealed that some unknown people from the community frequently defecate on the school compound.
She, therefore, appealed to the security and the district assembly to arrest and prosecute all those engaged in the practice.
For his part, the District Director of Education Moses Tetteh said his outfit would liaise with the Ministry of Education and the Presbyterian Church of Ghana to find a way of constructing temporal structures to end the shift system immediately.
From: David Kodjo, Adeiso.