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Siblino school pupils learn under makeshift structures

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

One hundred and eighty pupils of the Siblino Primary School are still learning under makeshift structures six months after a rainstorm brought down their school building.

The children are studying under the bamboo-made sheds as the government is yet to put up a permanent structure in the community.

In May 2012, the children had to stay home for weeks as they waited for the temporary structures to be put up by residents in the community after the torrential rains.

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Following a Daily Graphic report on the situation last year, the Ghana Education Service (GES) supplied the school with chalk, registers, desks and other Teaching and Learning Materials (TLMs).

GES supervisors are also said to have made some visits to the school to access the situation of the school recently.

Currently, the children, aged between five and 16 are exposed to the scorching sun and many do not go to school because of the situation.

The Siblino School was set up in March, 2007 by one Mary Agbettor, a native, as her contribution to reduce poverty and underdevelopment in the area.

Until her intervention, the children had to walk for more than four Kilometres to attend the nearest school in Bomase. The situation then, meant that children could only start school at age 10 or above as that was the only age at which they were capable of making the journey to school.

Mary’s support, under her community support initiative; The Ebbymay Foundation, brought a new sense of freshness and zeal to the children to attend school.

However, the school has been run on donor support and her personal contribution.

There is no trained teacher. Five senior high school leavers are currently manning the facility, paid by the Ebbymay Foundation.

Emmanuel Quarshie, the school prefect of the school complained about how the situation affected their studies.

“We need a school building. Our current school structure is not good for us. When it rains, we find it difficult to study because the water would come into the classroom, when the sun shines, it also affects us because it scorches on our head and we want the government to come to our aid,” he told the Daily Graphic.

The school’s head teacher, Mr Lartey, said the children had potentials of excelling but needed support.

“The children here show a lot of promise, they pick up very quickly and all of us are happy about their interest in learning but the problems we face here always bring us back. Even in this difficult situation, our performance is good and always improving and so if we get the needed support, we can do better,” he said.

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