Four communities in the Mion district cry for educational facilities

Four communities in the Mion district cry for educational facilities
Source: Ghana||Ivy Benson
Date: 12-11-2013 Time: 06:11:49:pm
Tuya Primary school under tree

Some four communities in the Mion district of the Northern Region are in urgent need for learning facilities and qualified teachers to enable children  get the desired quality education needed for their advancement in society.

The four farming communities of Jaashei, Parishe-naaya, Chengole-naaya  and Tuya, ten years ago, established a primary school in Tuya through a self-help project to cater for the educational needs of the children in the area.

However, till date, children in the four communities still study under trees with lack of furniture and other basic accessories including teachers to help them get that quality education they needed.

Parents in the communities are expressing fears that their wards would not get the right tuition if government fails to support. They are therefore appealing to government to come to their aid in order that their children would have the desired education.

Two primary six pupils at the Tuya primary school have taken on the role of teachers because their school has inadequate teachers. Only two male teachers, who have been recruited under the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA) programme to teach from nursery to primary six.

JOYNEWS’ Hashmin Mohammed visited the school and reports that pupils in the schools sit on timber logs, stones and under tress to study because the school lacked class rooms and other facilities to cater for all the classrooms.

The two GYEEDA teachers, Huudu Mohammed and Alhassan Mohammed face difficult task on daily basis taking turns going through all the classrooms, teaching the pupils from Primary one to Primary six.

One of the teachers, who could hardly speak good English, noted that they are paid under the GYEEDA project and that if the project stops operating, they would have to be teaching voluntarily.

The teachers say it has been extremely difficult teaching the children under trees since the school is situated beside the road and get disrupted by moving vehicles.

Additionally, the falling leaves from the trees under which they learn coupled with insects, are also problems that the pupils face daily as they are exposed to the harsh conditions of the harmattan.

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