Schoolchildren in public schools in the East Mamprusi Municipality in the North East Region are forced to learn under harsh conditions.
The municipality has a total of 100 primary and junior high schools (JHSs) and all are faced with challenges ranging from lack of furniture to poor infrastructure.
A visit by the Daily Graphic to 10 basic schools revealed that in spite of the government’s resolve to ensure that all children of school age were enrolled, most schoolchildren were studying under bad conditions.
Most pupils lie prostrate to write while others were combined in the few available classrooms.
All the basic schools visited lacked furniture and were in a deplorable state, affecting teaching and learning.
In some schools, pupils from Kindergarten (KG) to Primary Three had no desks to sit on while others shared the few available desks.
Moreover, authorities of most of the schools had combined both upper and lower primary pupils in the existing dilapidated classrooms.
Some schoolchildren also study under trees due to the lack of classrooms, exposing them to environmental hazards.
Aside from the lack of furniture and infrastructure, checks by the Daily Graphic revealed that the Sakogu E/A Primary School, for instance, since its establishment some years ago had not been provided with teaching and learning materials, compelling teachers to improvise for academic work.
The school also had no tables and chairs for the teachers.
According to authorities of the various schools, the situation had resulted in a number of pupils dropping out of school.
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