Still school under trees?

By Jones Anlimah.

Pupils of Korsive DA Primary School in the North Tongu District of the Volta Region are compelled to study under trees due to inadequate infrastructure, especially classrooms.

According to teachers and pupils, teaching and learning are mostly interrupted by unfavorable weather conditions and snake attacks. To this end, they are appealing for the provision of a classroom block to enhance teaching and learning.

The Korsive Primary and Kindergarten School was established in 1964 by the chiefs and elders of the community. The school did not see any improvement in its infrastructure until a 3-unit classroom black was provided in 2000. As a result of the inadequate infrastructure, especially classroom blocks, teaching and learning is mostly done under trees.

Classes for Primaries 1, 2, and 4 are held under trees at the dictate of the weather and snake attacks.

This, according to pupils, is not helping effective teaching and learning as learning sessions always had to end anytime it rained. They, therefore, appealed for a new classroom block to be constructed to help reverse the trend.

The provision of a 3-Unit classroom block by the then Kufuor Administration in 2000 is not enough for the growing population of the school. This is because classes for Primaries 5 and 6 are combined and held in the same classroom. The situation is the same for KG 1 and 2.

The Chiefs and People of the community realizing the need for an additional school block started a three unit classroom block through communal labor in 2020 but are challenged by inadequate funds to continue. The Assemblyman for the area Mr. George Buenortey in an interview with GBCNews said the situation is affecting academic performance and appealed for assistance.

Ghana is a signatory to a number of international treaties including the Sustainable Development Goals. Goal 4 calls on countries to among other things to ensure the provision of quality pre-primary as well as primary and secondary education that leads to effective teaching outcomes.

For this to be achieved in Ghana, efforts should be geared towards the provision of adequate infrastructure to remove all forms of teaching and learning under trees.

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