Bontodiase JHS appeals for help

The dilapidated school building.

The dilapidated school building.

Pupils of Bontodiase Methodist Junior High School (JHS) in the Akyemansa district of the Eastern Region have appealed to the government to reconstruct the school’s dilapidated building.

 

They feared that the old structure could cave in if it was not given immediate attention.

 

During an interaction with the Ghanaian Times at the school, the headmaster, Mr. Maxwell Appiah, said the school’s roof was ripped off last Thursday after a heavy downpour.

 

He said that lessons were halted and it was difficult for them to carry out their normal teaching routine as the pupils from form one to three had no classroom to study in.

 

He said the situation had created congestion in the ongoing Information Communication Technology (ICT) laboratory building adding that “the form one and two pupils are studying in an open place on the school compound”.

 

Describing the situation as frightening, the headmaster said the building had developed cracks hence had become a death trap to the pupils and their tutors.

 

In addition, he said the school needs new kindergarten building to train children within the catchment area to prevent them from traveling far to have their kindergarten education.

 

“We have no KG and the people within this area send their children to the Methodist ‘A’ school which is located far from here,” he said.

 

Some of the pupils Ghanaian Times spoke to, also indicated that the situation was affecting them and was distracting effective teaching and learning as they now study under the sun.

 

“Classes had to end whenever it rains or the sun begins to burn us,” they said.

 

Davina Amoako, one of the final year students who was frustrated by the situation expressed fear that the condition of the school would make them perform abysmally in their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) adding, that they had not been learning as they should because the ICT laboratory lacked board and tables.

 

She said the situation had compelled some of the students to skip classes because teaching have not been effective the way it should.

 

BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE

 

 

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