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General News
Akyem Oboyambo L/A school needs classrooms 9/25/2011

The Akyem Oboyambo Local Authority Primary School in the Birim Central Municipality in the Eastern Region needs immediate assistance in the form of infrastructure to enhance teaching and learning activities.

The entire six classrooms, constructed with bamboo and roofed with palm fronds, are very dilapidated.

Teachers and the 360 pupils attend classes at the mercy of the weather as the school is closed at the least rainfall, thereby, affecting the academic performance of the pupils.

To make things worse, pupils carry stools from home to the school to sit on and study. The school has only three teachers - the head teacher, Mr Stphen Debrah, also the only certificated teacher, and two teaching assistants employed by the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP).

The staff and pupils are regularly attacked by reptiles, especially snakes, in the classrooms.

These came to light last week when the Member of Parliament (MP) for Akyem Oda, Mr Yaw Owusu-Boateng, visited the school and other educational institutions in the locality as part of "My First Day at School" programme.

The MP, very much worried about the deplorable conditions there, made a passionate appeal to the Ministry of Education, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and well-to-do individuals to help in providing a decent classsroom block to raise the academic standards of the pupils.

He also promised to contribute his widow''s mite towards the improvement of facilities at the school.

According to the head teacher, Mr Debrah, the school had been operating under such bad conditions since its establishment in 2000.

For that reason, he noted that pupils of the school performed abysmally when they attended junior high school (JHS) at Kyeremase, a distance of seven kilometres daily away which they cover by foot daily.

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