Tragedy hits school … six pupils killed

Six pupils died in a tragic incident at Breman Gyambra in the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa district of the Central Region when part of the Gyambra Methodist Kindergartten school building collapsed yesterday.

Four of the children died on the spot, while two others died on the way to the hospital.

Three of the surviving kids are currently receiving treatment at the nearby Our Lady of Grace Hospital.

The children are aged between four and six years.

It took the combined efforts of personnel from the Police, National Fire Service, Ambulance Service and residents to rescue the survivors as well as recover the remains of the deceased.

The entire community is in a state of grief as they bemoan the unfortunate incident with others sympathising with the deceased families.

The scene was chaotic as parents and relatives of pupils rushed to the place upon hearing the collapse of part of the school building.

Those who heard of the demise of their children wept uncontrollably while others were in a state of shock.

The pupils according to information, were going for the morning assembly and in the process the building collapsed on those walking behind the wall.

The Breman Asikuma District Police Commander, Superintendent Emmanuel Odonkor Baah told The Ghanaian Times there was structural defect in the building, and no renovation had been done on the building for some time now.

He said that the pupils were outside the building for the morning assembly at the time the tragedy hit the school.

He explained that not a single child was in the classroom at that time, but rather behind the building.

Supt Baah commended residents of the town for the support they gave to the police during the evacuation efforts.

A resident, Bismark Addai in an interview, said that the community was in shock at the tragic event and confirmed that the structure developed some cracks but did not receive immediate response.

Some officials from the Ghana Education Service were locked up in a meeting with some residents of the town after they visited the school, and as at the time of filing this report around 3pm the meeting was ongoing

The remains of the children had been deposited at the morgue of Our Lady of Grace Hospital.

From David O. Yarboi-Tetteh, Cape Coast       

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