Later in June of 2019, students from all final year students from junior high schools in Ghana will write the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), but those at the Akplorfudzi Basic School have never seen a computer mouse before, even though they will write an ICT exam.
According to Selorm Helen, 22, final year pupils of Akplorfudzi E.P/M.A Basic School say they have never seen a computer mouse, before despite the fact that they have to write final examination in Information Communication and Technology (ICT).
The Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates of the school raised serious academic and infrastructural concerns which they strongly believe would cause them to perform poorly in the final exam.
The thought of writing subjects they have little knowledge about sends constant shivers down their spines.
The students say they have not even seen a computer before.
One student was quoted as saying: “There are no story books in the library for us to read so we can’t speak good English. We have a computer lab but no PCs.
The lab is empty. We have never touched any part of a computer before. We only see them on paper but we’ll be writing ICT. Isn’t this unfair?”
Even the headmaster himself doesn’t have a computer. We’re not sure whether he has seen one in a long time. We’re not happy about this. If we’re able to touch and feel a computer, we’ll be happy and encouraged to study hard.”
The aggrieved students further complained about the disproportionate pupil-teacher, revealing that the entire school has only nine teachers serving over 300 pupils from kindergarten to junior high.
Meanwhile, after losing her mother during child birth, a master's degree holder Jespher Nyaboke, was left under the care of a foster mother, who kept mistreating her to the extent that she lost hearing in one of her ears when she turned age 10.
Nyaboke later had to sleep in a university lecture hall to complete her postgraduate education, a testament to the resilience to the human soul.
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