Students of Bontibor Municipal Assembly Junior High School at Nkwanta South in the Oti Region are using Bibles for reading lessons due to the lack of English textbooks.

Some of the students read the New Testament donated to them by a Non-Governmental Organisation with a few using the old and new testament bought for them by a teacher in the School.

However, parents of Muslim students in the School, the Ghana News Agency (GNA) learnt raised concerns over the issue last term and stopped it.

Mr Eric Agbedor, a teacher in the School told the GNA that since he was posted to the School in 2015, reading lessons were always done with the Bible.

He said the situation was affecting quality teaching and learning with the School only able to manage 17 per cent pass in the 2018 Basic Education Certificate Examination.

“It is that bad. If you come to class now and ask the students to read, they will all bring out Bibles,” Mr Agbedor stated.

He said the School with student population of 277 and four teachers also lacked furniture with two students using a mono desk.

Mr Agbedor said there were also only two chairs in the three classrooms for teachers, with the headteacher using one.

The GNA also gathered that attendance was poor as some students, mainly boys boycott class to help chainsaw operators in felling trees to support their education.

Togbe Dzidoah I, Head of Basic Schools at the Regional Office of the Ghana Education Service said he was not aware of the situation at Bontibor, but not surprised.

He said supply of textbooks remained a major challenge and that government could not supply to all schools at the same time owing to resource constraints.

“This is not a new thing. It is not just today. It has been like this for a very long time. Government’s capacity to supply textbooks to all schools at the same time has always been a challenge and distribution of textbooks is always ongoing. It never ends,” he said.



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