Citizens not Spectators: Residents of Boinso appeal for dilapidated school to be fixed

Citizens not Spectators: Residents of Boinso appeal for dilapidated school to be fixed

- YEN has received alarming photos from a resident of Boinso complaining about the neglect of the only primary school in the area

- The Boinso Presby Primary and JHS is seriously in need of help to facilitate learning

- Lives of pupils of the Boinso Presby school are in danger as they study under the mercy of the weather

The Basel missionaries, well known for their many social interventions established a school at Boinso, a town within the Aowin District of Western Region in the year 1992. Boinso is the second biggest town in the district after Enchi in terms of inhabitants. However, the school that serves the town – the Boinso Presby Primary and JHS - has a lot to be desired in terms of infrastructure and is in urgent need of nationwide attention.

With a student population of over 750, the school can only boast of a complete three unit classroom block which was built for children in nursery and kindergarten.

Citizens not Spectators: Residents of Boinso appeals for dilapidated school to be fixed

The state of the Boinso Presby Primary and JHS

The current state of the school compels teachers to organise classes under trees and an uncompleted mud structure housing thus exposing pupils to danger. The situation means that there is an absence of effective teaching and learning during rainy seasons because there are no secured places to shelter from the elements.

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According to a resident of the area, Coffie Bismark who shared photos and information with YEN on the bad state of the Boinso Presby School even the classrooms available leak and get flooded every time the rains come.

Aside from these problems, there are also mouldy walls and broken furniture, a situation the teachers lament about. Their fears are not misplaced as not long ago, in January 2017, six children were killed when a school building collapsed in Breman Gyambra in the Central Region,” he noted.

Citizens not Spectators: Residents of Boinso appeals for dilapidated school to be fixed

This is what pupils of the Boinso Presby Primary and JHS study under

Bismark further told YEN that teachers in the school have complained of the high rate of absenteeism due to the sorry state of the school.

All of these problems, the teachers opined have led to poor performance in exams and academic achievements of the pupils.

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Meanwhile, our checks have also revealed that the Mahama-led administration awarded a contract for a new classroom block to be built. The project which should have been completed in October 2016 stalled following the death of the contractor.

Citizens not Spectators: Residents of Boinso appeals for dilapidated school to be fixed

Citizens not Spectators: Residents of Boinso appeals for dilapidated school to be fixed

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Residents in the area say the uncompleted structure is a threat and danger to pupils and other members of the school community.

There is a general disquiet amongst the Boinso community members who feel that they have been rejected as citizens of this beloved country.

YEN wants to use this opportunity to call on the NPP government to go to the aid of the school. Also the support of individuals, NGOs and corporate organisations to come to the aid of the Boinso Presby Primary and JHS.

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