Danger Looms Pupils Study In Cracked Mud Classrooms

The life of Sokrung Bethlehem Methodist Primary School is in danger as kids from kindergarten and nursery study in very terrible conditions.

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The future of pupils at Sokrung Bethlehem Methodist Primary School in the Upper West Akyem District of the Eastern region is nothing but gloomy as kids from kindergarten and nursery continue to study in very terrible conditions.

And what makes the situation frightening, is the fact that pupils at the lower primaries (from primary One-Five,) share a death-trap caked-mud classroom which building is almost on the verge of collapsing.

The children often sit on the bare floor during lessons, whilst others share the tables and chairs

“We are living in fear because our numerous complaints to school authorities concerning the deep cracks that have developed in almost all parts of our mud classroom buildings have not received any positive response.

“…but we fear that one day the building will collapse on us,” the distraught pupils and teachers told Today.
According to the pupils, the school which was built with mud-clay as far back as 2010 has since not seen any rehabilitation works.

The teachers showed some pieces of broken clay blocks that had come off the mud building.

Earlier, when our reporters visited the school they observed that the deep cracks on some classroom blocks were making learning difficult for the school children.

After a closer examination of the situation,Today observed that the state of the school buildings were fast deteriorating as a result of lack of maintenance.

In some instances, there had been partial attempts to bind mortar on some of the cracks, but these were badly done.

Speaking in an interview with Today, the head teacher of the school, Mr. Samuel Sey, lamented the poor state of the school, saying “it is even worst before he was posted to the school.

“All the pupils in Kindergarten, nursery and primary who are from Sukrung Bethlehem and its adjoining communities were studying under mango trees before l was posted to head the school in 2010, but through my instrumentality the school has been able to build this mud structure which is now in its deteriorating state,” Mr. Sey stated.

Source: Today

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