A Six unit classroom block under construction by the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) for pupils of Odumase-Amanfro M/A cluster of schools in the Ga West Municipality in the Greater Accra Region has stalled due to lack of funds.
The project, which is 80 per cent complete, has been abandoned at the roofing level and has currently been turned into a playground for the schoolchildren.
The pupils are at the moment studying in a makeshift shed that is serving as classroom for pupils in the lower primary and is overcrowded. In view of its temporary nature of the structure both the pupils and teachers are exposed to the vagaries of the weather.
The Municipal Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ghana Education Service (GES) in Ga West, Rev. Michael Daniel Yeboah Narh, in an interview with the Daily Graphic last Thursday, expressed disappointment with the state of affairs in the school but said efforts would be made to complete the classroom structure soon.
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He said the GES and the Ministry of Education were committed to ensuring that there was quality education at the basic level and, therefore, would work very hard to give the children good education in a conducive environment.
The Odumase-Amanfro cluster of schools was established more than 20 years ago and is the only public school in the community providing tuition to children from over 10 neighbouring communities in the municipality.
The school runs a four-stream system and does not have regular water supply, a situation that compels the pupils to rely on water from a mechanised borehole as their source of drinking water.
Rev. Narh described the challenges confronting the school as unfortunate and appealed for assistance to save the children from contracting water-borne diseases.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Ga West, Mr Clement Nii Lamptey Wilkinson, said the municipal assembly was putting in place measures to address the deficit in education infrastructure in the area.
He said the assembly was already supporting the construction of a six-unit classroom block for one of the streams in the school.
He said the current situation where some pupils had to study under sheds had come about because of increase in enrolment.
“It is not as if we are not concerned. The situation is a worry to all of us but the assembly cannot tackle all works in the municipality simultaneously because it is working with a tight budget,” the MCE said.
Mr Lamptey, however, said despite its lack of adequate funding, the assembly would mobilise resources to improve conditions in the school.