On one of my routine trips to Keta recently, I spotted an old friend of mine, who happened to be a course/classmate back at St. Paul's Senior High Sch
On one of my routine trips to Keta recently, I spotted an old friend of mine, who happened to be a course/classmate back at St. Paul’s Senior High School (SPACO Boys) teaching a class of pupils under trees just by the Ho-Aflao highway -within the Agotime-Ziope enclave.
I got back to Ho wondering how? I mean how could Ghanaian school children be suffering this fate in this 21st Century.
I took another trip to the school, apparently to get details on what their challenges are and of course, it’s just like the same story we hear everyday.
The school my old school mate teaches is Mangotideke Methodist Model School. The school has a student population of 70, with classes for KG1, KG2, P1, P2 and P3. Unfortunately, the school has no single classroom block. Teaching and learning go on under the trees and a church room that houses about three of the classes.
The problem is that, the pupils under the trees turn to cheer and wave cars that pass by at every point -making the work of my friend and his other colleagues difficult.
In the church room, the pupils do not concentrate on lessons because they’re distracted once teaching is going on concurrently, since the classes leave in a vacuum without any partitioning.
When it rains, the two classes under the tree move into the church room to add up to issues.
While there is the expectation of an additional class; P4 for next academic year, a 3-unit classroom block that was started by a philantropist has since been abandoned at the foundation level.
To make things worse, there’s another issue of water challenge, where the pupils drink unhealthy water especially during the dry season.
I believe to help these young ones realize their dreams, it’s necessary we come to their aid a society.
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