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Dasabligo Primary Losses 13 Pupils

2006-03-29 13:00:41
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Within the past eight years, about 13 pupils, aged between seven and 16 years, of the Dasabligo Primary and Junior Secondary schools in the Talensi/ Nabdam District of the Upper East Region, have died through malaria, anaemia and cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM).

Consequently, the Headmaster of the schools, Mr Francis Sapaat, has appealed to the district assembly to, as a matter of urgency, source for treated bed nets for the deprived schools, since about 95 per cent of the parents of the pupils and students could not afford the nets.

Mr Sapaat made this known at Dasabligo when trustees of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) Endowment Fund presented reading books to the school.

The presentation formed part of a package of $5,000 worth of books for deprived primary and junior secondary schools in the country.

The headmaster also indicated that the three-classroom block for the primary school was on the verge of collapse but there had not been any favourable response from the assembly, even though a formal report had been made to it.

He said the present state of the building “makes it risky for us to use, especially during the rainy season”.

Mr John Nyoagbe, an official of WAEC, who made the presentation, said it was the desire of WAEC that the school authorities, opinion leaders in the community, as well as parents, would encourage pupils to read the books.

Mr Nyoagbe, who is also the Deputy General Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), urged the teachers to find creative ways of whipping up the interest of pupils in reading by helping them to dramatise or narrate in class some of the stories that they had read.

The Upper East Regional Director of Education, Mr K.B.K. Dabuo, directed the District Directorate of Education to ensure that the school had the full complement of teachers for effective teaching and learning.

source: Graphic

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