Construction works on a block of three classrooms started at Anurso, a farming community in the Asante-Akim Central Municipality, to replace an old and weak structure of the local basic school, still remains uncompleted after 10 years.
Initiated under the community-based rural development project (CBRDP), it has been left abandoned, creating a lot of discomfort not only to the teachers and pupils but parents.
The situation is even more disturbing as the school has been struggling for space – having just three classrooms for its six classes.
Mr Edward Kofi Amanor, the assembly member, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the state of affairs was a big disincentive to meaningful teaching and learning.
He said the municipal assembly recently supplied some building materials to re-start work on the project but these were limited and could not finish the outstanding job.
Reporters of the nation’s wire service had visited the place under STAR-Ghana’s sponsored media auditing and tracking of development projects, an initiative launched to put a spotlight on how government’s resources were helping to transform the lives of the people, particularly the rural population.
The goal is to aid transparency, promote accountability and good governance.
Mr Amanor said owing to the deplorable nature of the old classroom block, the community is left with no option but to move the pupils into the uncompleted structure to save them from danger.
“It would be better keeping our kids and their teachers in an uncompleted building than to put them in harm’s way by allowing them to operate from a weak structure – a death trap.”
He also complained of difficulty in getting teachers posted to the school and live in the community because of the lack of decent accommodation and said “this is giving us sleepless nights”.
The assembly member said the teachers are forced to stay in Konongo, from where they make a daily round trip of about 12 kilometres to teach.
They would often get to school late or not show up at all, he added.
Alhaji Braimah Boyong, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), responding to the concerns of the community, said everything would be done to complete the project before the academic year begins.
Additionally, the assembly has taken steps to build a teacher’s bungalow there and that the project had already been awarded on contract. GNA