IN Agorde Students Have To Swim To Get To School

The only access route for the pupils to go to school is to cross a river (River Tordze) which serves as a barrier between Agorde, and its adjourning towns including Tsavanya and Torve, where the schools are located.

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Viewers of Amansan Television (ATV) on both Multi-TV and digital channels last Friday had to hold back their tears and indignation as they watched a documentary of school pupils of Agorde in the Volta Region swimming to school and the sick being carried shoulder-high to the nearest health facility which is about seven kilometers away.

The embarrassing video which clearly is a blot on the conscience of the Ghanaian, was contained in a documentary carried out by ATV on the pathetic way of life in living in the Agorde community which is in the Akatsi South District of the region.

The documentary revealed that the area lacked basic social amenities such as schools, electricity, roads and a clinic. According to the report, pupils in the area have to cover a distance of about 30 kilometres to their various schools on a daily basis.

The only access route for the pupils to go to school is to cross a river (River Tordze) which serves as a barrier between Agorde, and its adjourning towns including Tsavanya and Torve, where the schools are located.

Unfortunately, the only canoe which used to ferry school pupils and residents from Agorde to Tsavanya and Torve has also broken down for several months. According to residents in the area, strenuous efforts to get the authorities to repair the broken canoe had failed and that development had compelled the pupils to climb trees around the river to their various schools with all its attendant risks.

Those who unfortunately cannot climb the tress to cross the river must swim. Those who swim leave their uniforms in silver pans and cross with it so that they do not get wet. According to the report, pupils spend about three hours to get to their various schools.

H/T - New Crusading Guide

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