Brukum, Agavenya Schools In Distress

Brukum Kyeretsom Primary School in the Yilo Krobo municipality of the Eastern Region does not have chairs and tables for teachers to sit and work.

The situation has left both the male and female teachers with no other option than to stand throughout the school periods to mark pupils’ class assignment and register.

Mr. Sylvester Hottor, headteacher of the school, made this known at a stakeholders’ forum in Somanya.

The forum, which was attended by parents, school heads, representatives from the Yilo Krobo municipal education directorate and civil society groups, was to discuss and find solutions to the abysmal academic performances of students in Kyeretsom Primary and Agavenya Junior High schools.

Mr. Hottor also attributed the students’ poor performances to the unavailability of blackboards, adding that the teachers sometimes contribute from their monthly salaries to purchase plywoods to be used as writing boards.

Similarly, Mr. Stephen Tetteh, headteacher of Agavenya JHS also stressed that the unavailability of blackboards in the primary school has had negative effects on the JHS students to the extent that most of them did not know the difference between uppercase and lowercase alphabets.

He indicated that the school block has also turned into a death trap and the teachers always have to close classes anytime it is about to rain.

He expressed fear that the “atakpaame” (mud) structure would one day crumble on both the teachers and the pupils.

However, both the municipal education and community promised to provide the needed support to the schools in order to salvage the situation.

From David Kodjo, Brukum Kyeretsom

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