The Chief of Chiribra Odumase, near Amasaman in the Ga west District, Nii Kwame Perbi II, has appealed to the Municipal Assembly to complete the teachers’ bungalows in the village.
The bungalow project, started in 2009, had been abandoned and the whereabouts of the contractor is unknown.
Nii Perbi revealed this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, over the weekend, during a handing over ceremony of an United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Project.
The Chief noted that the delay in completing the bungalows was not encouraging teaching and learning because the teachers of the primary and Junior High Schools have to trek long distances to the village to teach.
Nii Perbi stated that the non-availability of teachers’ bungalows in some parts of country is making things difficult for teachers to accept posting and asked; “if such is the situation then what are we doing to the children’s future.”
He commended the teachers for their hard work in spite of the trying conditions under which they work and appealed for an immediate solution to the residential facilities to enable them to stay in the village and teach.
“We have been extending invitations to well wishers for assistance and today we are happy to add to our list of donors, USAID and Plan Ghana,” he stressed.
Nii Perbi said; “I am convinced this Information Communication Technology (ICT) facility is going to open an opportunity for the teachers and students to perform better to add their name to the prominent schools in the country and to also glorify USAID and Plan Ghana for this wonderful gesture.”
Mr Shadrach T. Adegu, Head Teacher of the Primary School confirmed the Chief’s assertion and also expressed surprise that the authorities had not responded to the plight of the school bungalows with urgency.
“We have tried our best to teach under deplorable conditions because of the future of the school children,” he said and appealed for an immediate completion of the teachers’ bungalows for teaching and learning to go on smoothly.
He also expressed regret that the kindergarten One and Two classrooms were not encouraging teaching and learning because anytime it threatens to rain the classes had to close because of the bad state it was in.
Mrs Thelma Z. Caesar, Head Mistress of the JHS said a host of factors, notably infrastructure, considerably account for the poor performance of the children in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in 2011.
She said the provision of classrooms, hard work and commitment by teachers raised the standards of the children to score 82 per cent in 2012 BECE.
She advised JHS students in the village to set high standards of performance and moral conduct to help them in their studies.
Mrs Caesar urged parents to invest in their children’s education because; “it is an important venture in every nation’s development for the benefit of their communities.”
The project by the USAID and Plan Ghana in the community would provide an ICT centre and library, supply of 40 mono desks for the JHS, construction of sanitation facility and portable water and the connection of the school to the national grid, all at the cost of GH₵242,000.