School pupils in the Komenda/Edina/Eguafo/Abirem (KEEA) Municipality can now heave a sigh of relief as tables and chairs have been procured for some schools that have been complaining for years.

Some of the school pupils had to sit on cement blocks and put their books on the floor to write as the teachers had to improvise to ensure academic work went on because the schools lacked furniture.

Municipal Director of Education for Komenda Edina Eguafo Abirem Municipality, Cecilia Aboagye, says her outfit was extremely happy as some burden on the teachers and the school pupils have been lifted.

The issue of inadequate teaching and learning materials is not new in the country’s schools and what is also fast becoming a grave challenge in some of the schools is that of furniture: tables and chairs.

School pupils in the Komenda Edina Eguafo Abirem Municipality, for instance, have been struggling for years to get furniture.

Pupils who used to sit on cement blocks to study finally get furniture

It is very common for three or four children to sit on chairs meant for two children because the ones in the schools are inadequate.

The situation has gravely hampered academic work as many of the children have to sit on cement blocks and put their books on the bare floor to write.

Municipal Director of Education, Cecilia Aboagye expressed her excitement as the Municipal Chief Executive for KEEA handed over some tables and chairs.

She said: “We thank our MCE for this kind gesture because he is aware that furniture is a very big problem in this municipality. He has been visiting the schools himself.”

She narrates, there was a time the MCE run to her office when he discovered the challenge in the schools and encouraged her to write so he does the follow-up.

Pupils who used to sit on cement blocks to study finally get furniture

Out of her excitement, the Municipal education director indicated, every good teaching and learning happened in a very good environment, and in an environment such as they had, no proper academic work could go on because of inadequate furniture.

She stressed: “If a child is learning and is sitting on a block and writing on the floor, we know that no good teaching and learning can take place.”

Municipal Chief Executive for KEEA, Nana Appiah Korang, says government would do more to fill such gaps in Ghana’s education.

“I have been going round and the problem I spotted was lack of furniture. Three or four school pupils shared one desk and it was bad and so I had to mobilize resources to get some furniture quickly,” he explained.

The Education director promised the furniture would be distributed to the schools that need them.