Teachers stationed at the Kangba Basic School in the Siiru Electoral Area in the Wa West District have abandoned their quarters in the community due to the lack of electricity.
The teachers are said to prefer riding motorbikes for over an hour on daily basis from Wa to the Kangba community to teach rather than staying at the teachers’ quarters in the community that has no electricity.
Mr Richard Wullo, the Assembly Member of the area, who revealed this to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview, however, expressed worry that some of the teachers were not regular at the school, especially in the rainy season.
“The road from Wa to Kangba is not good, and also, during the rainy season the Siiru dam gets full, and no one can cross.
“But the major reason why they don’t stay here is that there is no electricity at Kangba but teachers also sometimes need electricity to prepare for their lessons,” he explained.
The Government had begun distributing laptop computers to teachers to aid them in their teaching activities.
It was, therefore, baffling how teachers stationed in communities without electricity would utilize those computers for the benefit of the school children, rather than the computers left to collect dust.
Mr Wullo said the teachers abandoned the accommodation in the community since they would not want to be “cut off from the world” due to their inability to charge their mobile phones to access information on the internet about issues happening around them.
Talking about the school infrastructure, he noted that the primary school block in the community was in a dilapidated state and posed a threat to the school children as the structure could collapse at any time.
“The school block was built in the 1990s with the support of some Reverend Fathers. The community members moulded bricks and built the school, the whole structure is weak now”, the Assembly Member said.
He observed that the classrooms were being used by animals in the community after the children had closed because the doors and windows were all broken.
Mr Wullo observed that Child Care International, a Non-governmental Organisation (NGO), renovated the school about five years ago but that the structure had gone back to its original state due to the inability of the weak bricks to hold any modifications.
He, therefore, appealed to benevolent individuals and organisations as well as the Government to come to their aid by providing the school with a school block for the primary to save the children from any impending disaster, especially as the rain set in.