Government has announced, through the Education Minister, that it will pay the medical, and burial cost of the victims of a collapsed classroom block of the Breman Jamera Methodist School in the Odoben Brakwa District in the Central region.
According to Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Manhyia South Constituency, the aftermath scene and situation at the school was "tragic".
“We promised that whatever we have to do to ensure that there is a speedy burial, which is happening today, is at no cost to the families... For the sick in the hospital, we went there and assured them that we will pick up their bills,” he said, speaking on JOY FM's Super Morning Show on Thursday.
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On Monday, January 30th, six pupils - aged between four to six years old - of the Breman Jamera Methodist School in the Odoben Brakwa District in the Central Region tragically lost their lives when their classroom block collapsed.
Teachers at the school allege that they noticed cracks along the wall and noticed authorities, although no action was taken to rectify the issue up until the incident happened on Monday.
However according to Chiefs and elders of the community, no such notice was given them by school staff.
“In an interaction with the chiefs, we found out that they themselves did not know that the school had developed those cracks.
“But they knew that government through the district assembly was constructing a new KG and six unit primary block on the compound, unfortunately they did not finish and this incident happened.”
Education Minister Prempeh said that some pupils will receive psychiatric treatment due to the fact that they had witnessed such a traumatic event. He further intimated that he intends to alert the contractor of the new building being constructed to accelerate the process