Korpehem D/A Basic School sends SOS to government – as school roof ripped off

The affected School buildingThe Korpehem D/A Basic School, at Ada in the Greater Accra Region, is in dire need of assistance after rainstorm ripped off the roofing of the entire school block about a month ago.

The rainstorm also destroyed administrative record books, pupils’ textbooks and library books.

When the Ghanaian Times visited the school to ascertain the extent of damage, the unfortunate incident had compelled pupils to study under the trees.

An employee of the school who spoke to The Ghanaian Times on condition of anonymity said efforts by the school authorities to have the roofs replaced had been unsuccessful because the assembly was waiting for a new District Chief Executive (DCE) to be appointed before the problem could be resolved.

“The assemblyman of the area and other authorities that were contacted claimed that, until a new DCE is appointed, nothing could be done about the situation,” the source said.

The source said, “National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) officials in the area who witnessed the disaster said, they have to follow procedures before they help us.”

“This is very unbearable especially for the Kindergarten pupils who are taught in an open dusty compound with insufficient shade,” the source added.

School PixThe source said the school had written to some corporate organisations in the country for assistance but yet to receive any response.

“We are calling on government to come to our aid as the situation is seriously affecting teaching and learning in the school,” the sources pleaded.

When the former DCE of Ada East, John Ahortu was contacted by the Ghanaian Times, he said, he was helpless because he was no longer in office to take action.

He said the entire building needed to be renovated or an entirely new one built.
“There are cracks in the building and would require an entirely new structure but I cannot do much since I am out office,” he stated.

The immediate past DCE referred the Ghanaian Times to contact the Ada East District Coordinating Director.

When the District Coordinating Director was called on his cell phone he said he was in the hospital and could not speak on the issue.

He refused to pick subsequent calls made by this reporter.

By Michael D. Abayateye

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