Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com
Dozens of pupils of Domiabra Methodist primary school around Kasoa are forced to lie on their bellies to write in their classrooms daily, due to lack of school furniture.
Domiabra is a small community about 30 kilometres from Kasoa, which is a busy market centre. Despite its relatively short distance to Kasoa, the community is an extremely deprived one. The road to Domiabra is littered with potholes and the community boasts of a small health post and only one government run school.
JoyNews’ Beatrice Adu, who visited the school, reported that pupils from primary one through to five lack desks and chairs to aid learning.
About 40 pupils are allocated to a room and less than half that number are packed seated three or four to two desks, while the others sit or flop down on their bellies during lessons.
Some of the pupils, who spoke to Beatrice said they are unable to concentrate during lessons and that they find it difficult to even take notes from class.
“If we are sitting on the floor and the master teaches us, we are not able to understand. If you sit in groups of three or four and the teacher is writing, you can’t get the chance to write very well. The desk space is too small to write properly”.
Clearly the students are disinclined to pay attention or study while lying down on the floor.
The pupils insist, “We want chairs,” and one student bemoans, “I don’t want to come to school because I have to sit on the floor”.
The only class with somewhat adequate desks is the primary six. Even here, the pupils are cramped together and another predicament these pupils face is a hole in the roof, right in front of the blackboard.
The pupils explained that whenever it rains, classes come to a halt. They indicated that on such days, they are asked to go home.
The headmaster, Edward Efum Osae says efforts to get authorities to rectify the situation have proved fruitless and that parents are threatening to withdraw their children from the school.
“The government desks come at a stipulated time and for some years now we have not been able to get the desks. I feel bad but that is the situation we find ourselves in at the moment,” he said.
He explained that the school has reached out to the GES and to the District Assembly, who have promised to come to their aid.
A parent who spoke to JoyNews explained that his child’s performance has been affected and that he is considering pulling his son from the school.
He says his son, who is in primary four returns home daily with dirty clothes because he is forced to sit or lie on the floor.
He says because the boy is forced to lie down on his elbows to learn, he doesn’t concentrate on the teacher or the blackboard. “He tends to look down on the page [of his notebook]”
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