The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese, Willi Evans Obiri Awuah, has been ordered to immediately put in measures to ensure the safety of pupils in the Constituency.

The Local Government Minister, Dan Botwe, asked the DCE to urgently provide a detailed report on the status of the said schools.

The directive follows a JoyNews report that uncovered the deplorable state of some 10 basic schools in the Constituency.

The report, which was filed by Richard Kwadwo Nyarko, revealed that the schools have become death traps; thereby, posing a danger to both teachers and pupils alike.

Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese DCE ordered to ensure safety of pupils
DCE for the Assembly, Willi Evans Obiri Awuah
Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese DCE ordered to ensure safety of pupils
Deplorable state of school infrastructure in the District

The DCE was also tasked to provide an “immediate proposal to enable pupils in these schools continue with academic activities safely, pending a permanent solution”.

According to the directive, the proposal must include, “plans made by the Assembly to provide basic school structures as captured in the Annual Action Plan (AAP)”.

Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese DCE ordered to ensure safety of pupils
Teachers say they are overwhelmed by the weak nature of most school buildings

Public basic schools in the country have reopened for the second term of the academic year and the joy of every pupil is to return to school and sit in a safe and a comfortable classroom for lessons.

However, infrastructure appears to be an expensive commodity for some school pupils in the District.

Some of the already weak buildings these pupils were studying in, before they went on vacation, have collapsed; leaving them with very little options.

Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese DCE ordered to ensure safety of pupils
A weak school building that has collapsed due to the rainstorm

“As you can see behind me, this is a classroom block housing the KG and the primary. Before school vacated, the upper part of the structure was ripped off by a rainstorm. We managed to roof it, but two days to reopening, the entire block was ripped off again”, a head teacher told JoyNews.

He said the schools are overwhelmed by the weak nature of the structures and the fact that the pupils will not have a good place to learn.

Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese DCE ordered to ensure safety of pupils
Most of the structures have their roofs ripped off, exposing pupils to danger

“We have managed to secure temporary permission from a church where the primary students are currently staying, but they are not learning because there are no chalkboards or marker boards for them to use.

The size of the church itself is not conducive for all the desks to be put in there”, Head of the Essaman AME Zion Basic School, Samuel Botwe, added.