- YEN is in possession of photos that depict the deplorable state of Bikpajab D/A Junior High School
- Aside the unpredictable weather, students are exposed to dangerous animals such as snakes
- The school is also in immediate need of educational materials for teaching and learning
A cursory search online with a focus on the state of schools under trees would educate one on the how politicized a social phenomenon can become in Ghana.
In this piece, YEN brings you closer to the reality on the ground, from our interactions with a native of the Tatale Sanguli district in the Nothern region (name withheld).
Information available to YEN indicates that the Bikpajab D/A Junior High School has literally become a death trap, as it is unconducive for effective teaching and learning.
It was formerly a community school, but was absorbed by the government about two years ago.
YEN has been reliably informed that the walls of the classrooms often cave in, and dangerous animals such as snakes have usually seen on the compound.
Aside all of these challenges, materials for effective teaching and learning, such as chalkboards and other accessories are absent.
As a result, more than half of the students who were enrolled in the school have had to leave to other schools, and others are now drop outs.
Several complaints to the authorities have however yielded no positive results.
In the year 2001, the then Minister of Education, Betty Mould Iddrisu indicated that there were approximately 5000 schools under trees.
Two year later, the minister of Education, Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman disclosed that 985 out of the 2269 schools under trees have been eliminated.
Last year, the then president of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama was reported to have stated that the plans were in place to eliminate schools under trees by the year 2020.
The truism or otherwise of these statements and assurances from public officials often may leave some wondering how the chasm between the policies implemented by the government of the day would pan out vis-à-vis the reality endured by the citizens of some parts of the country.
YEN is wishes to use therefore call on the government, as all as all the stakeholders in the education sector to assist Bikpajab D/A Junior High School with all forms of support before the unthinkable happens.
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