- Students of Zori Yapala in the Gushegu municipality of the Northern region are learning under trees with no building block
- The community has no established school structure let alone learning materials
- Meanwhile, the government says it has spent ¢480m on the free SHS policy
Government's quest to see every boy and girl have free access to basic and quality education seems to be a luxury for a few, especially those in the urban areas.
So far, about ¢480m of Ghana's oil money has been spent on this new system which has seen thousands of lucky parents freed from paying tuition fees. But this happy picture is not the case with students of Zori Yapala in the Gushegu municipality of the Northern region.
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One of the YEN's readers submitted a story on how the community school in this municipality has no building to accommodate pupils for effective study. The students sit under trees for teaching. In fact, the school cannot boast of even a single block.
"It is pathetic when you see students and teachers trying to cope with the condition at the school," YEN reader, Alhassan Zakaria Wumbei, disclosed.
Amidst these troubling pictures, the ministry of education has issued a statement stating the ministry was providing all the necessary logistics needed for the smooth implementation of the free SHS programme and other important initiatives geared towards fostering quality education.
According to the ministry, efforts are being done to address challenges related to the infrastructure deficit that many students face. To this end, the ministry through government has supplied 40,000 mono desks, 13,145 bunk beds and 4,335 mattresses for SHSs across the country.
These pictures tell us so much about the strength of the free SHS policy. It seems to mean there is mire ti be done to deal with the infrastructure challenge.
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