Teachers and pupils of Fuveme Basic School in the Anloga District of the Volta Region, have expressed their frustration following the severity of damage caused to the school’s infrastructural set up in the recent tidal waves’ disaster, which occurred on Sunday.
The school, which has a total population of 230 pupils from the Kindergarten to Junior High level, now shares only two remaining classrooms for teaching and learning after the recent disaster.
Mr Korku Mensah Awuye, Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) for Anloga and Keta, disclosed to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), during a tour to the area that properties such as, desks, textbooks, and other office materials of the school have been destroyed during the disaster, leaving only two classroom blocks partly affected.
He indicated the school, which was founded in 1989, had suffered a similar situation in the past, causing the school to relocate three times over the years “but this is the hardest part of it all.”
He appealed to the District Chief Executive (DCE) of the area, Mr Seth Yormewu and the Member of Parliament (MP), Mr Kwame Sefe and other officials to come to the aid of the school.
Fiadogbe Linda, a JHS three Basic Education Certificate Education (BECE) candidate, who is also the Girls prefect of the school, lamented, the havoc caused the school was affecting their final preparations for the coming BECE exams.
“We are devastated at the moment, we don’t have peace of mind to study, so the authorities must come to our rescue,” she appealed.
However, Mrs Yvonne Akpene-Ame Bruce, the Director of Education in the Anloga District during her visit to the school on Wednesday, November 10, explained to the GNA the situation called for urgent attention.
She said the school with a staff strength of six, would temporarily see some pupils moved to Atiteti, which is about 50 minutes-walk, for continuous academic work as they worked around the situation.
“We are here again to meet the community and management of the school to discuss what must be done next,” she said.
Mrs Akorli Judith, a 38-year-old teacher of the school and resident of the area, said her three-bedroom self-contained house, was also taken away in a similar disaster in 2015.
The situation also rendered thousands of residents in Ketu South Municipality, Keta, and Anloga District, all in the Volta region homeless.
Affected areas include, Abutiakope, Kedzikope, Dzita, Anyanui, Keta Central, Amutinu, Salakope, Agavedzi and other surrounding communities.
Residents of Agbledomi, Atiteti, Agokedzi, and Fuveme in the Anloga district were also displaced.
Some affected victims, the GNA observed, were living with friends and relations.
A team from the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) has since visited the affected areas to assess the extent of the damage.
Mrs Ahliyah Gbadey, a 69-year-old business woman and resident at Dzita, said living had become unbearable for them and appealed to government and other organisations to come to their aid.
Some victims have since received some relief items such as rice and cooking oil among others from NADMO.