E/R: Akyem Akyekrom Basic School Turns Death Trap; Residents Cry For Help
The Akyem Akyekrom primary and Junior High School (JHS) school in the Akyemansa district of the Eastern region is gradually sinking into the ground, taking away the pride of education from children in the community.
The school lacks almost everything including desks, textbooks, teachers and other teaching and learning materials.
The Akyem Akyekrom Primary and Junior High School until the coronavirus pandemic has a population of about 600 to 700 pupils and has now become a death trap.
The school structure needs urgent rehabilitation to avoid any disaster as parts of the roof has been ripped off with some pieces hanging.
Also, cracks that have developed on the walls of the building are opening up further while wooden pillars supporting the building have become weak.
The school since its establishment has seen no rehabilitation
Residents of Akyem Akyekrom speaking in an interview with MyGhanaMedia / Ahenka FM’s reporter said parents prevented their kids from attending to classroom due to state of the school.
According to them, Akyem Akyekrom students in and other communities are discouraged and do not find it pleasant and exciting to return to the death trap as the school has become a habitat for goats, weeds, lizards, snakes and other dangerous reptiles.
“The situation is very disheartening and pathetic. Poor condition of the school is affecting teaching and learning in the school. We are calling on government, NGOs and stakeholders to come to our before reopening of Schools by government”.
Akyekrom Mbrantehene, Dacosta Kwasi Abrokwa explained that students are forced to learn in the death trap school due to government failure to complete abandoned classroom block.
He added that, the school had no desk and other education materials to enhance teaching and learning, adding, pupils had to sit on stones and wood logs to learn. “Mbrantehene” lamented the school usually shut down any time it threatened to rain, thus, impacting negatively on academics works in the school.
Speaking in an interview, pupils of the school appealed to the district assembly to do their best to ensure the building was put into immediate use to enable them have access to quality education for a better future.
Source: Ahenkanfmonline/ Kussi Boadum