The issues of furniture continue to be a huge challenge confronting several schools in Northern Ghana.
The situation is more profound in schools in rural and hard to reach communities.
One such school is the Holy Trinity Primary School in Lungni, in the Nanumba South District of the Northern Region.
Over the years the pupils have had to sit on the bare floor to study, something they said looks alike a norm.
Even though they have had to sit under terrible conditions to study, they are determined to give in thier best hoping that government will come to their aid and provide them with furniture.
Moala Olivia, the Girl’s Prefect said the unavailability of furniture makes it difficult for teaching and learning. “please we beg you, any person that can help us with furniture to sit and learn please help us” she lamented.
Olivia added that they get dirty because of the unkept nature of the floor.
The Boys Prefect, Mukanjor Robert said he is worried about the school building, adding that it is in a deplorable state and any time it rains they have to abandon classes.
Another student, Yajaki Mumme said she travels a long distance on foot to the school and when she comes, she’s compelled to sit on the bare floor during class which could be demoralizing.
The Lungni community is about six kilometers from the District capital Wulensi, even though the community has light, other social amenities are not available, which serves as a disincentive to most teachers posted there.
The Head Master of the School, Nkibey James Koyajah noted that they sometimes feel they have been forgotten because of how things are deteriorating in the school.
He said because of the situation in the school teachers who are posted to there do not take up the appointment.
said several complains to the Wulensi District Assembly has yielded no results, and appealed to benevolent organizations to come to their aid.
Assemblyman for the area, Simon Nwajah said it was disappointing having to study in structures which are near collapse.
“this is the kind of structure we teach the students siting on the dirty floor in this modern world are we not part of Ghana” he quizzed.
He said the school has no teachering and learning aids, even a black boards to write on and appealed for help.
The Assemblyman said the current state of the school needs urgent fixing warning it could lead to mass transfer of students to nearby schools where they can get better education and better facilities.
“if care is not taken, many of the children may end up dropping out of school or transfer to other schools in the district^ he said
Source: Martina Bugri|Justicefmonline|Tamale