28 June 2016

Bazua cluster of schools in deplorable state

Bazua (U/E), June 27, GNA – The Bazua and its Environs Youth Association (BEYA) in the Upper East Region has expressed concern about the deplorable state of the Bazua Roman Catholic cluster of schools which pose a threat to pupils and staff.

Bazua Roman Catholic cluster of schools     The primary school has a population of 630 pupils whilst the junior high school has 205 students. Each has seven professional teachers.

Mr John Kalifa Akubilla, a past student of the primary school and President of BEYA, said the schools were started in 1961 under trees by the Roman Catholic Missionaries but later in 1964 two classroom blocks were built through the efforts of the community members.

He said since then the schools had not been renovated despite efforts by BEYA to get opinion leaders to discuss the situation and find a solution to it.

Mr Akubilla said through the efforts of the Parent-Teacher Association a brick structure which was intended to accommodate teachers had been converted into a kitchen and store for onions.

When the Ghana News Agency (GNA) visited the schools, it observed that there were deep cracks in the walls with some roofing sheets falling off and hanging over the heads of pupils in congested classrooms. The building looked weak with the windows without louvre blades.

Portions of the primary school block had caved in while an uncompleted head teacher’s bungalow with exposed electrical cables was being used as a Kindergarten block for 73 pupils in KG1 and 77 in KG2 with two voluntary teachers.

Madam Juliana Atubiga, the Assistant Head Teacher of the primary school, who spoke on behalf of the Kindergarten and Junior High School, said some community members defecated in the classrooms at night.

She said teachers had to wash off human excreta from some classrooms on daily basis before academic activities begun, “meanwhile rain gives us a holiday because the classrooms leak badly”.

Madam Atubiga pleaded with the Government, Non-Governmental Organisations, opinion leaders and stakeholders to come to the aid of the schools.

Mr Victor Saboc-Moore, the Binduri District Co-ordinating Director, told the GNA in an interview that the assembly was liaising with the District National Disaster Management Organisation to assist the schools.

The District Director of Education, Madam Felicia Akaaba, confirmed that the schools were actually in a deplorable state but nobody had sent a formal complaint to the Education Directorate.

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