Students in secondary and tertiary schools in the East Mamprusi Municipality the North East Region, on Thursday, expressed disappointments in their Chief Executive, Danladi Abdul Nashir, whom they said failed to acknowledge challenges facing them.

At the Assembly’s maiden encounter with the media, a student from the Nursing and Midwifery College, Victoria Manasseh, mentioned water crisis, lack of accommodation, open defecation and robbery as some of the challenges facing her school.

She said she was disappointed the MCE’s address failed to at least, acknowledge the problems.

The Girls’ Prefect of Nalerigu Senior High School, Iddrisu Humu Salma, also called on the assembly to complete an abandoned dining hall structure and provide them with school buses.

She said students who fell sick were transported in tricycles to health centres due to a lack of vehicles.

Her colleagues also stated other challenges in the school.

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There is inadequate furniture for both teachers and pupils and several school buildings in the Municipality require some form of rehabilitation while others require total demolition and re-construction.

The MCE started what was a lengthy address playing up of his achievements in the education sector where he said, the government’s free senior high school education policy had been successful beyond expectations in the area.

According to him, in addition to the establishment of two new Senior High Schools in the area, the government, under the Emergency Infrastructure Projects, which aims to end the double-track system, has constructed a 12-unit classroom block each for the Nalerigu and Gambaga Girls Senior High schools

He said enrollment figures since the implementation of the programme, have shown tremendous impact in the education of residents, many of whom, he claimed hitherto, would have been hopeless.

However, the students said, they had expected the MCE to address the numerous infrastructure challenges and growing insecurity in their schools.

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The Ladies Commissioner of the Gambaga College of Education, Akurugu Mary Atompoka, describing the poor state of the school, said, students dined with animals due to lack of dining hall as well as and sit on the bare floor or stand to take lectures as a result of inadequate classrooms and desks.

She said the school has no library, so they depended only on the internet for academic researches.

A level 200 student, Frank Yeboah, said lack of accommodation also threatens the safety of the boarding students whom he said, are made to stay in far locations outside the school campus.