Mr Stanislav Amegayao, the Headmaster of Dodi-Papase D/A Apostles Revelation Society (ARS) Junior High School (JHS), has appealed to benevolent organisations, philanthropists and the Kadjebi District Assembly to help provide the school with decent classroom block equipped with computers and a library.
He said the school which was established by the ARS Church in 1961 with the sole aim of providing basic education to the children of the area had had its structure in bad shape.
He said although the Parents-Teacher Association managed to provide shade for the students, it could not serve the intended purpose as classes ended abruptly anytime it was about to rain.
Mr Amegayao, who disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) during a visit to the school, said the school currently had a population of 380 students with 18 teachers who study in the dilapidated structure.
The headmaster said although they were teaching under such deplorable environment, they produced the best candidate, who had Aggregate 8 at the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in the Kadjebi District in 2019.
He described the situation as sorrowful, worrisome, and unacceptable to have such a school in this 21st century where every child is supposed to access education without any hindrance.
Mr Amegayao, thus, appealed for a decent school block since quality infrastructure facilitates better instruction, improves students’ outcomes, and reduces dropout rates.
Mr Raphael Yeboah Mensah, the Assemblyman for the area when contacted confirmed the deplorable state of the school and promised to bring it to the notice of the Kadjebi District Assembly.
Mr Yeboah Mensah said though the Pencils of Promise has provided the school with a 4-unit classroom block, it was inadequate and called on other non-governmental organisations who are interested in education to come to their aid.
He also appealed to the GNA to lobby for decent structure for the school since they were partners in development.