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Twenty Four Schools in Kassena-Nankana District Hold Classes Under Trees

2007-07-19 22:29:48
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THE CHRONICLE has discovered during a recent tour in the Kassena-Nankana District that over twenty-four primary and junior secondary schools in the District are still sheltered under trees.

They include Gayingo, Gaani, Yidania, Anisore, Atiyorom, Gingirigo, Tindanma, Pingu, Namoro, Bosco's, Nyagania Abempingo, Amengo-Etego, Tazika, Bagtua, Kuliya, Sirigu, Busungo, Mirigu and Panda Primary Schools. Others are the Paga L/A 'B', Tedam, Gia, Nyangania and Kumbusungu junior secondary schools.
The promising pupils and teachers of these schools, most of which are located at the peripheries of the District, seek shelter under the shades of trees as their classrooms and offices.

The paper noted that these future leaders and their teachers always defy the harsh treatment of the sun and go about their daily academic activities in the dry season when the trees shed almost all their leaves but during wet season, teaching and learning are disrupted because both the pupils and teachers have no other option than to compulsorily close the schools, whenever the rain threatens to pour during schools hours.

The Kassena-Nankana District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr. Emmanuel Chegeweh in an interview, described the situation as "unfortunate and demoralizing " especially in this era where human resource development through quality education has become the prerequisite condition for accelerated development.

He lamented that the issue has been one of the serious headaches of the Assembly because it could of its potency to defeat the government's efforts to ensure an increase in enrolment and retention in the District through the introduction of the capitation grant and school feeding programme, among others.

Mr. Chegeweh dismissed a report by some NGOs purportedly portraying the District as a well-endowed District in terms of infrastructural development in the education sector. He mentioned that due to that "false" report, the Pilot Pragmatic Scheme (PPS), a World Bank supported project, denied the District its share of three schools and four teachers' bungalows while all the other Districts in the Region benefited.

He noted that the District could though boast of University campus, teacher and community nurses training colleges, a good number of basic and senior secondary schools, some of which are among the best in the country, they are all centred in the Navrongo Central.

"They should rescind their decision and give back those schools and bungalows. Our circuit for development as far as education is concerned is not complete, so nobody should describe this District a well endowed", the DCE stated.

The DCE invited whoever was interested to ascertain the truth to visit the remote areas of the District.

He disclosed that five of the schools sheltered under trees had been absorbed by the schools under trees project of the Ghana Education Service, noting that the Assembly had also resolved to construct most of the basic schools on its development agenda in the remote areas "but still we are financially constrained. We would therefore be grateful to receive any assistance in that direction."

The five absorbed are Gayingo, Anisore, Kuliya and Mirigu primaries and Gia JSS.

Mr. Chegeweh believed apart from provision of infrastructure and motivating teachers materially, competition among the schools would ginger both teachers and students to bring forth their best thereby raising the standard of education in the District.

He hinted that he had discussed with the District Education Director to organize a regular inter-schools quizzes and debates to bring about competition among teachers, students and various schools and entreated all schools to take active part when the time is due.


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