Kassena-Nankana: Students choose farms over make-shift school structure after rains destroy school buildings

The roofs of two classroom blocks belonging to the Boania D/A Primary and Junior High School (JHS) in the Kassena-Nankana West District have been destroyed by a rainstorm.

The storm, which hit the community some two weeks ago, peeled off the roof of the upper primary block containing classes 4, 5 and 6, and damaged other auxiliary parts such as the Staff Common Room and Storeroom.

The storm also completely ripped off the roof of a mud classroom structure built by the community for use by the Junior High School. Books and other teaching and learning materials have also been partly destroyed in the disaster.

Aside the peeled off roofs, the two school buildings are in very bad shape. The classroom floors are broken and loose, whereas the walls have been weakened by deep, wide cracks.

The damages have affected academic activities at both the primary and JHS.

Whereas authorities at the primary have temporally merged pupils from the damaged classrooms with those in the remaining ones for the continuation of academic work, teaching and learning activities at the JHS have completely halted.

The situation has led to a number of pupils choosing to stay home or help out on the farms of their parents as against returning to school due to the limited space.

Teachers in the combined classes, are also said to be having a tough time controlling the few pupils who come to school, a situation impeding academic work.

Head Teacher of the primary school, Rebecca Alugivala, in an interview lamented that the situation has greatly affected teaching as teachers now have to teach one after the other in the combined classes.

She said the combined classes is a development that is not familiar with the pupils and is affecting their understanding of lessons during contact hours.

She stated that the school has informed the appropriate higher authorities but was yet to receive any help even though members of the District Assembly led by the DCE have visited to assess the extent of damage.

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