W/R: Over 400 pupils study under tarpaulin

School managers have mounted a tent with tarpaulin in the classroom to be used by the pupils[/caption] More than 400 pupils whose six-unit classroom block was destroyed by rain in March this year have been neglected by educational authorities in the Western Region, forcing school managers to improvise for academic work to progress. The entire roof of the Good Shepherd Anglican Primary School at Effia-Kuma was ripped off by a 30-minute torrential rain that caused destruction to properties in the metropolis in March. Officials of the National Disaster Management Organisation in the area moved to the site to assess the level of destruction and promised to immediately renovate the affected classroom block but eight months on, nothing has been done. With no help, school managers have cleared the affected classrooms of the debris and built tents with tarpaulin for the pupils to use as their classroom. Though the pupils have been complaining about the heat from the tarpaulin, the school managers appear helpless in the current circumstance. [caption id="attachment_66401" align="aligncenter" width="564"] Some pupils sitting under the improvised classroom[/caption] One of the pupils who spoke on condition of anonymity appealed to government, saying “I want government to fix our roofing sheet and also change our desks”. “The state of the building is so bad, should something happen now, the children will be affected so government should renovate it for them,” a concerned parent told Connect FM When contacted, authorities and the management committee of the school declined comment on the dilapidated school building and the plight of the pupils. But the Western Regional NADMO Director, Abdul Mohammed Ganiyu, explained there have been delays in fixing the school block because their assessment showed the structure was too weak, hence a new block has to be constructed for the pupils. “The delay is due to technical issues; structure is weak so authorities have decided to build a new block for the school but plans are for advanced to fix a temporary roof,” he told Connect FM.

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