AGYEGYEMAKUNU DA PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS SIT ON THE BARE FLOOR TO WRITE

Lacked of classrooms and furniture is seriously hampering academic works at Agyegyemakunu D/A primary school and Kindergarten KG1 in the Kintampo South District of the Bono East region. The situation has forced the school authorities to ask the KG1 pupils to sit on the bare floor to write during learning hours.

Primary three pupils of the school studied under a tree whilst primary four also put-up in a makeshift structure with a funny small chalkboard, making teaching and learning a difficult task. Again, four pupils in primary five and six share a dual desk originally designed for only two pupils. This situation according to the teachers had always promoted cheating by pupils as they struggle to do their class exercises.

A primary three teacher, Eric Abangna says, they are being compelled to write most of the reading subjects on their chalkboards due to limited number of text books available at the school.

The PTA chairman of the school, Asante Richmond says the KG1 pupils started studying on the bare floor during the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) government but several pleas for support had always proved futile.

Another worrying situation is the absence of school feeding programme. Most of the pupils cover many kilometers from their various villages to school without food. The teachers of Agyegyemakunu DA primary school say, most of the pupils never return to the school again when they go for first break and those who return also spent over hour.

The PTA chairman, Richmond Asante, said numerous petitions had been sent to people in authority about the school feeding programme but did not yield any positive result.

In spite of all these challenges, the teachers travel about fifteen (15) kilometers each day from Kintampo to Agyegyemakunu on motorbikes. The Kintampo South District Chief Executive (DCE), Alexander Djan, in a telephone conversation said he would address the issue but when?

Agyegyemakunu DA primary school was established in 1987 as a community school with twelve (12) pupils. The current pupil population stood at three hundred fifty-six (356) with nine (9) teachers.

 

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