An example of school in the open 2

Children receiving lessons in the open

By the end of 2015, Ghana and other members of the United Nations (UN) are expected to achieve a Universal Primary Education in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with support from international organizations associated with the UN.

Due to the current enrolment in some primary schools, Ghana may not achieve MDG 2, which deals with universal primary education, as many children of school-going age are still out of school.

Though some efforts have been made to improve access to primary education, those responsible for implementing the various educational policies at the grassroots seem not to be committed to the achievement of MDG 2 by the end of 2015.

At the time of filing this report, Garu-Tempane district alone had a total of about 40 schools under trees, where children sit on blocks and logs, among others.

Some of the schools operating under trees include the Kugrago Junior High School, the Samaduri Kindergarten, the Yizidug Kindergarten and the Ninsuu Junior High School.

Apart from being distracted by passersby and sandy whirlwind, the children always abandon their
lessons and run home anytime the clouds gather.

Some communities who want to improve the situation have provided mud classrooms with very poor ventilation for the children. Owing to the precarious conditions in rural areas and some urban settlements, many parents prefer to use the children for work.

In 2011, the Garu-Tempane District placed last in the nationwide ranking of districts that took part in the BECE. In 2012, the district recorded a 15 percent improvement in performance.

In 2013, the district improved the result by 35 percent as a result of the support provided by the District Assembly to ensure effective monitoring and teaching in schools in the area.

From: Ebo Bruce-Quansah, Garu

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