Mr David Nsiah-Sarfo, the Head Teacher of the Ahyiayem M/A Basic School in the Tano North Municipality of the Ahafo Region has appealed to the Rotary Club International and other non-governmental organisations to support the school with new classroom blocks, toilets and other facilities.
He said the six unit classroom block of the school constructed in 1998 had developed several cracks, and served as a death trap to the about 500 school children, saying something must be done before the unexpected happened.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Ahyiayem, near Yamfo, Mr Nsiah-Sarfo said the school’s toilet was a wooden structure, also in a deplorable condition.
He spoke to the GNA when Rotarian Dr. Kennedy Frimpong, a member of the Kumasi East Rotary Club presented teaching and learning materials, including mathematical sets, ICT and Mathematics text books and other reading books to the school.
Mr Nsiah-Sarfo said the school contained 597 students and pupils and had no potable drinking water, no toilet facilities for both pupils, students and teachers, saying the sanitation situation had worsened because of the rainy season.
He regretted the school authorities had made persistent appeals to the Tano North Municipal Assembly to come to their aid, but to no avail, and implored NGOs to help address the situation.
Currently, Mr Nsiah-Sarfo said the deplorable condition of the Kindergarten Block (KG), had pushed the school to move the 69 KG children to staff common room, while there was also congestion at the form-three class of excess number of students.
The school has no computers to facilitate practical studies of ICT, and standard furniture for teachers as well.
Rotarian Dr Frimpong, also the Chief Executive Officer of the F. Kennedy Group of Companies, dealers of electronics and Nestle products and a past student of the school, expressed discomfort about the appalling environment of the school and promised to provide the school with five desktop computers and accessories.
He advised the form-three students in particular not to allow the school’s deplorable situation to discourage them, but rather learn hard and pass their final examination well to enable them to further their education and achieve high academic laurels.
Rotarian Dr Frimpong commended the teachers for their dedication and implored them to motivate, inspire and prepare the students for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
He said the BECE remained as a yardstick to measure the children’s academic success, and advised the teachers to redouble their efforts and apply modern techniques of teaching to impart knowledge to the students.