Adjetey Ansah School cries for help

BY: Benjamin Glover
The dilapidated structure housing the school. Inset: The crumbling roof

Pupils and teachers of the Adjetey Ansah Memorial Junior High School (JHS) at Tema Manhean have called for the renovation of their dilapidated school building.

The one-storey structure that houses 280 pupils and their teachers has virtually become a death trap  as it has developed deep cracks.

 

Certain parts of the roof are crumbling, while the floors of some of the classrooms have developed craters.

What is worse, the building has not been painted since it was established in 1997, while the iron mesh on most of   the windows have fallen apart, exposing educational materials to thieves. 

The Headmaster of the school, Mr John Maxwell Osei, has appealed to the government and the public to go to the aid of the school.

Mr Osei made the appeal when the Rotary Club of Tema-Meridian donated an assortment of books covering various subjects to the school.

He commended the club for the donation and promised to keep the books in good condition.

The President of the Rotary Club of Tema-Meridian, Mrs Francesca Anane, said the donation was meant to provide service for humanity and the communities in which the club operated.

She said education was one of the areas of focus of the club, for which reason each year it set aside a period  to observe Basic Education and Literacy Month, during which period Rotarians all over the world undertook various activities to promote education.

The donation of books to schools and libraries to enhance teaching and learning was, therefore, part of their assistance to improve education.

Mrs Anane, accompanied by some past presidents of the club, advised the students to make good use of the books to enhance their performance and broaden their outlook.

She also urged the students to handle the books with care, so that they could serve future generations of students of the school.

When the Public Relations Officer of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly, (TMA), Mr Frank Asante was contacted about the state of the school, he said the assembly was aware of the defects and was taking steps to address the issues to avert any danger.

He said under the Assembly’s Industrial City Basic School Programme, the Adjetey Ansah School had been earmarked to benefit from a 12-unit modern classroom block by next year, adding that it would have other facilities including a computer laboratory, a library and a health post to provide clinical services for both the schoolchildren and the community.