Students and teachers of Bedomase District Assembly Junior High School (JHS) in the Ashanti Region are risking of their lives as they use dilapidated classrooms.

Continued deterioration of the 70-year old building is taking a toll on teaching and learning as well as enrolment and retention of students.

Anniversaries are marked to celebrate success, examine challenges and look into the future with hope.

For teachers and students of Bedomase D/A JHS, there was little to show for the 70 years of its existence.

Teachers, students compete with reptiles in deplorable school structure

"The school is 70-years but there is nothing to write home about," cries headmaster, Castro Kankam.

Last year, the school recorded zero per cent pass in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

The mud school structure, constructed in 1949 through communal labour has not seen any renovation since.

Visibly cracked walls and floors, ripped-off roofs greet the visitor to the school.

Teachers, students compete with reptiles in deplorable school structure

The classrooms are without windows, giving access to intruders, including ‘’wee’’ smokers.

Snakes and other reptiles find comfort in the classrooms, exposing lives to danger.

Teachers have not been left out because rainstorm has ripped-off the Staff Common Room, forcing teachers to find solace under trees.

The Headmaster of the school is Castro Osei Akoto Kankam says teachers have repeatedly threatened to leave.

"The BECE performance of the school is very bad. Last year we recorded zero per cent. The enrolment is very bad due to the structures that you can see here.

“The building here, the roof is off; reptiles always invade classes then when the rain starts, we have to close and go home so our classroom is in a very deplorable state”.

Teachers, students compete with reptiles in deplorable school structure

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