The assembly Hall for the Wa School for the Blind (Wa-Blind) has been left to rot under the vagaries of the weather with no sign of rehabilitation, more than four years after the roof was gutted by fire.
In spite of the numerous appeals to the Ghana Education Service to come to the school’s aid, nothing had been done about the building which was constructed just a few years ago.
The large edifice which has the capacity to accommodate about 1,000 students has been taken over by growing weeds, thus making it home for rodents and dangerous reptiles such as snakes a situation which puts the lives of the children who are mainly visually impaired and their teachers at risk.
Apart from the threats to the pupils and teachers on daily basis, it also inconveniences them as they have to rely on the school’s dinning hall for the purposes of morning assembly meetings and daily devotion.
According to the headmistress of the school, Madam Gloria Amoako, several appeals made to the educational authorities and the municipal assembly had fallen on deaf ears.
She said despite numerous assurances from the Wa Municipal Assembly to rehabilitate the facility, nothing concrete had been done about it.
Madam Amoako said apart from the daily inconveniencs the pupils go through in having their morning devotion, the weedy nature of the surroundings of the gutted building implied that both teachers and students had to contend with living with dangerous reptiles.
She therefore appealed for the Ministry of Education to come to the aid of the school by helping to reconstruct the assembly Hall.
Some of the students who spoke to The Ghanaian Times expressed worry about the threat posed to them by the weedy nature of the assembly Hall.
According to them, there were occasions where some of their colleagues were bitten by snakes and appealed to the authorities to renovate the facility for the school.
From Cliff Ekuful, Wa