Regional News of Thursday, 12 September 2013
Source: Daily Guide
About 40 primary six pupils of Abbey Korpe D/A Basic School in the Ningo-Prampram District of the Greater Accra Region are stranded due to unavailability of classrooms to accommodate those promoted to the Junior High School (JHS) level.
Abbey Korpe, a farming community, is located about four kilometres between Afienya and Dawhenya, making it difficult for people and inhabitants in nearby communities to access social amenities from the townships due to the long distance one has to travel on a deplorable road to get to the area.
Abbey Korpe D/A Basic School, the only public school with vast acres of land educating pupils from about 10 communities including Abbey Korpe, Adjomador, Poultry Farm, Abbey Panya, Ningo Korpe, among others, is urgently in need of a three-unit JHS block to accommodate pupils due to the large number of students at Dawhenya and Afienya basic schools; the only nearby educational facilities in the district.
Academic activities have commenced but the pupils are yet to have classrooms to learn. Some parents have, as a result, asked their children to assist them on their farms.
The pupils, according to their head of computer, had been studying Information Communication Technology (ICT) at the basic level, but were yet to have a feel of a computer since the computer lab had been converted into kindergarten classroom.
Joyce Osei-Brenya, headmistress of Abbey Korpe D/A Basic School, speaking with DAILY GUIDE, appealed to the government to construct an “emergency” three-unit classroom block for the school to admit the pupils to JHS.
She noted that “the serious problem confronting the school currently is how to admit students who have passed out from class six to JHS. I went to appeal to government and authorities but yielded no results and I’m therefore appealing to individuals, philanthropists and corporate organisations to come to our aid.”
According to her, the situation, if not immediately addressed, would compel them to study under trees, which is not in the best interest of the pupils.
Ms Osei-Brenya mentioned that the school had started losing some of its teachers and pupils due to the lack of classroom blocks and therefore called for an immediate assistance to resolve the situation.
The headmistress said the community, in collaboration with the school’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA), wanted to mobilize funds to put up a pavilion, and therefore appealed for quick response from the Ningo-Prampram District Assembly.