Community appeals to Government to take over their school

The people of Kokobibiam near Otwebediadua in the Suhum Municipality, have appealed to the Government and the Ghana Education Service(GES) to take over their community school which is now collapsing.

The school, which was built seven years ago by the community to provide access to education for the children of the community grew gradually from class one to five and has pupils population of about 150 pupils.

Now due to management challenges, the population of the school had dropped to less than 40 children with only one teacher .

This came to light when the Ghana News Agency (GNA) visited the community last week .

Mr David Lawer Terkper, a resident of Kokobibiam said, the school was built by the community seven years ago with mud bricks and when the community started having challenges with the management of the school, they appealed to the Director of Ghana Education Service in the Suhum Municipality for government to take over the running of the school.

He said the Director of Education sent some officials from his office to inspect the school and the inspectors advised the community to improve upon the school block before GES could take over.

Mr Terkper said for this reason ,Mr Fredrick Opare Ansah the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area donated 20 bags of cement and later Mr Julius Debrah, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development also donated 30 bags of cement and one and half packets of roofing sheets to the community for the rehabilitation of the school.

He said after the rehabilitation, the education directorate was informed but they are yet to inspect the building.

Mr Emmanuel Nartey, an opinion leader of the community said, as a result of the delay in the taking over by the government, the community could not pay the teachers and so they all left the school and some parents withdrew their children to Otwebediadua and Suhum .

He said as at now, it was only the headteacher who was managing the few children left in the school, adding that, most of the children remaining at the school were those who cannot walk everyday to Otwebediadua.

He expressed the believe that if the government took over and posted teachers to the school, things will be better for them.

He therefore appeals to the government and the Ghana Education Service to come to the aid of the community. GNA

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