Pupils of Esereso basic schools overcrowded in make-shift wooden sheds

Pupils of Esereso basic schools overcrowded in make-shift wooden sheds
Source: Ghana | Luv News | Prince Appiah
Date: 03-04-2015 Time: 06:04:42:pm

Overhwelming student population has forced authorities of Esereso District Assembly JHS in the Bosomtwe District of the Ashanti Region to place 90 pupils each in a makeshift structure.

Left without classrooms, authorities have found solace in a wooden structure constructed by the roadside, much to the discomfort of the pupils.

Ninety pupils are crammed into each classroom instead of 40 as approved by the Ghana Education Service (GES).

Those wooden structures, cited close to the roadside are without doors, windows or concrete floor but are all the school can afford.

Teachers and students are left at the mercy of the weather especially during the rainy season. Authorities and students of the school established nine years ago (2006) are frustrated by the circumstances.

Headmaster, Dickson Boadi, says persistent pleas to relevant authorities to address the problem remain unheeded.

According to him, teachers are getting fed up over the situation as they are forced to spend their own money to address problems in the school.

Students fear potential risk of respiratory diseases as they face uncontrolled dust which leaves students and teachers with dirty clothes daily.

“We are not comfortable learning in that classroom. Every day, we inhale a lot of dust from the un-cemented floor. “We are exposed to many sicknesses”, a worried student complained to Luv News.

Meanwhile, Luv News has observed the school; with a student population of almost 500 has only three computers, making it difficult for teachers to complete the syllabus before final exams.

Two of the three computers were bought from teachers’ contribution whilst a native donated one.

Students have over the years performed poorly in ICT exams as they take ICT lessons in batches in these make-shift classrooms.