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Teachers beg for help over death trap school buildings

Across the Central region, many children still study in dilapidated school building over a year since after one such structure collapsed and kindergarten children died at Breman Jamera Basic School.

According to Joy News’ Richard Kwadwo Nyarko, the current state of school structures are scarier than the one at Breman Jamera.

“The room is very hot so the children often get sick. With three people using one desk, it makes the classrooms very densely populated.

“Class 1 and 2, 3 and 4, as well as 5 and 6, which have almost 50 students and because of the barristers used the room gets very hot,” Marina Bosua Dapline, a basic school teacher said.

One of the school children told the reporter she wants government to intervene for them to study in a conducive and safe environment.

“We want government to help us with a classroom that we are happy to sit in and learn,” she said.

Headteacher of the school, Saeed Dawuud, is worried about the difficulty the teachers and students go through.

Six kindergarten children, aged between two and five, died when their school building collapsed on them at the Breman Jamera Basic School just when they were preparing to start studying in February 2017.

The about 70 pupils, aged four and five were about to settle for studies when the building collapsed.

Many others who sustained varying degrees of injuries are receiving treatment at the Breman Asikuma Hospital.

It became apparent after the incident, that school authorities had informed authorities about some cracks in the school building and requested for a new one to be built.

However, nothing was done about the situation until the unfortunate incident occurred.

The school was built by the community as a self-help project, pending a properly constructed state-sponsored building.

The Education Committee of Parliament promised to set up a probe into the death of the six children after the collapse.

In a bid to forestall similar incident in the future, Mr Dawuud said those in charge must take a swift action to save lives.

“The KG block is in a bad shape and since 2010 a crack started forming in the building but now the situation has deteriorated. We are scared it will collapse and cause mayhem on the pupils.

According to him, the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) came to carry out an inspection on the building and they declared it “a death trap”.

He said the situation is not easy on the teachers who only are able to give out their best until 10 am after which some of them have to walk on the student’s tables to get to their sitting places.

Basic schools in the Central Region are hopeful that the audit by the Ghana Education Service (GES) and Education Ministry carried out about a year ago would be completed so that dilapidated structures will be taken care of

Source: Myjoyonline.com

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