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Regional News of Monday, 6 September 2021

Source: Albert Gooddays, Contributor

Chantai residents begs government for school facilities

A picture of the dilapidated school in the Chantai community A picture of the dilapidated school in the Chantai community

Children in Chantai, an island fishing community in the Krachi West District of the Oti Region, do not know what quality and affordable education is as they still school under a mud structure.

The mud structure which is on the verge of collapsing has its roofing sheets in a good condition with portions of the mud wall gradually collapsing while the wooden pillars holding the roof are all deteriorating.

According to the residents, the Kindergarten, Primary one up to Primary six blocks were built in the early 2000s and since then they have been organizing communal labour to fix them whenever the walls collapsed, especially in the rainy seasons.

According to them, successive governments promised to rebuild new facilities but none of them fulfilled them and that is a major problem for them.

Addo Amu Yao, a community leader, said "A lot of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have come here to look at the structures but nothing has been done. But we're still calling on them to come to our aid.

Some time ago, an NGO built a toilet facility for the school; but Wofa, the children need classrooms to learn, we always question authorities about how the toilet is in good condition but not the school blocks. We're appealing to you all to come to our aid."

Another resident, William Amegavi also said, "Because of the structure, we don't have teachers. The school has been like this for the past twenty-five or seven years since I came here. Nothing has been done about it; so we are begging the government to come and help us."

Apart from the deplorable state of the facility, there is no standard accommodation in the community that will attract teachers.

Mr. Addo Amu said teachers who have been posted to the community in the past, have all left the school due to the lack of accommodation, lack of teaching and learning materials, lack of good water, and the poor road that leads the community to Kete-Krachi.



He revealed that the entire school is been handled by one teacher and they do not know his fate when school reopens in the coming weeks; thus they cannot tell if he will also come back to the community or the learners will be left with no teacher.

On electrification, poles have been erected and awaiting wiring and power, whiles a sixteen-kilometre road from the district capital, Kete-Krachi is in a very deplorable state.

According to the District Chief Executive for the Chantai community, Douglas Ntim Osei, the government is speedily working on electrification and many other villages with no electricity will soon be put on the national grade.

On the road, the DCE said it has been awarded to a contractor who has recently completed visibility studies and will soon commence work.