Thanks for responding to the Desk issue, but we need classroom block for JHS and primary Stream B – Battor D/A teachers to Okudzeto Ablawkwa.
Hon Okudzeto Ablawkwa, MP for North Tongu constituency last week donated 100 dual desks to Battor D/A Basic school after a viral video of the students using cement blocks as tables and chairs surfaced online.
Battor DA basic school is one of the three public basic schools in the Battor township, the district capital of North Tongu. Being a school at the core of the District and constituency of the young and hardworking Hon Okudzeto Ablawkwa the MP for North Tongu and former Deputy Education Minister, one would not expect this school to lack basic classroom infrustructure or desks. Unfortunately, the situation is the reverse.
Investigations by the Ag secretary of Educate Ghana Summit (EGS), Mr Jerry Akporhor, the school has a total enrollment of about 900 pupils from KG to JHS. According to the report, the KG used to be under trees but, kind coutercy of the MP Hon Okudzeto, the KG now has a modern classroom block and are no more under the trees.
According to the teachers, The primary has an average enrollment of about 75 pupils per class. This number is woefully too large to be in one small class. The desk are also inadequate so they are forced to improvise cement blocks as tables and chairs which eventually went viral online. There’s not enough space for teachers to stand and teach or demonstrate, and the heat level in the classrooms due to overpopulation is just unbearable.
Further enquiries reveals that, the school was later divided into two streams, to solve the overpopulation menace. But Unfortunately, Just recently, the pavilion used for stream B collapsed including the one under which the JHS students were. Some of the students were trapped under it but luckily enough, there was no major injuries. So, the PTA again mobilized and put up another pavilion structure but this time, they used iron sheets for roofing and relatively stronger woods. Due to the cost involved, what they put up could only carter for the JHS students so the primary stream B has to move back to theire former classes.
One teacher, Mr Simon Dzisenu says “Though the MP seems infuriated by the viral video, I personally appreciate the fact that the video got the attention of the relevant stakeholders including NGOs. So far, after the incident, the DCE, the MP, the District Education Director and Some NGOs have visited the school to see things for themselves and some made promises. One of the fulfilled promises is the desks you see here”
The teachers are therefore calling on government, the MP, DCE and NGOs to come quickly to thier aid and get them a classroom block for effective teaching and learning.
As a matter of fact, checks by Hon Jerry Akporhor, The Minority Leader of North Tongu Youth Parliament point to the fact that, Battor community needs another public basic school. Hundreds of children, future leaders are loitering in town due to no vacancy in the schools schools around including the private ones. It’s a worrying situation.