Teachers in Asante-Akyem North District commute to school, squeezed in buckets of tricycles because they have no accommodation in communities they work.

Authorities fear of looming disaster as the teachers are exposed to several risks by the day in their bid to serve in deprived areas.  

District Director of Education, Ernest Kwadwo Afari, wants government to construct temporary structures to house the teachers and reduce the danger.

Mr. Afari noted teachers are exposed to extreme danger due to accommodation challenges and poor roads, commercial transporters shy away from.

Many of them are compelled to travel on tricycles popularly known as "Aboboyaa" to reach their schools to impart knowledge to children.

"Teachers are compelled to commute from Agogo to those communities. Communities like Afirisere, Bebuso, Brentuakurom, serebuoso and the rest, there are no teacher's accommodation and most vehicles don’t ply those routes. So teachers have no other choice than to arrange the services of 'aboboyaa' to convey them to the school in the morning and then after closing still wait for them to convey them back to Agogo," Mr Afari noted.

"So you can imagine the risk involved. About four, five teachers packed up in 'Aboboyaa'. Government has done a lot by providing a lot of teachers’ accommodation but a lot more needs to be done, so that teachers will readily accept postings to deprived communities," he added.

The Asante Akyem North District Director of Education, Ernest Kwadwo Afari, spoke to Luv News at the 2018 School Performance Appraisal meeting at Agogo.

Despite the challenges, the district improved on its BECE score from 84.5 per cent in 2017 to 92 per cent this year.

Deserving teachers who brace the odds daily, to teach in the remotest parts of the district were honoured.

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