Pupils at Tapa Abotoase in the Volta Region swim to cross river to school (Photos)

Pupils at Tapa Abotoase in the Volta Region swim to cross river to school (Photos)

- The only bridge across the river for the residents has been broken down for months

- The MP for the constituency says residents must consider other routes as constructing a new bridge will take some time

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Some school children living at Tepa Kope, a farming community at the Biokoye District of the Volta Region have to endure serious challenges, and walk long distances before they can access education.

Pupils at Tapa Abotoase in the Volta Region swim to cross river to school

Some of the pupils helping a toddler to cross the river

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Most of the children from the village and fifteen other farming communities not only trek long kilometers but also risk their lives swimming through a river in order to get to their various schools.

Pupils at Tapa Abotoase in the Volta Region swim to cross river to school

Some of the pupils crossing the river to school

This is because the only make-shift bridge across the river has been broken down for several months.

Some worried parents, in an interview with Adomonline.com said they feel helpless about the situation since authorities at the Biakoye District Assembly have left them to their fate.

Pupils at Tapa Abotoase in the Volta Region swim to cross river to school

Some pupils crossing the river

They revealed that their primary school children have to swim across the river every morning before they can go to school.

“The time we have to spend each morning traveling to school, consumes much of time needed to be in classroom therefore we end up studying for just a few hours”, one of the pupils said.

Pupils at Tapa Abotoase in the Volta Region swim to cross river to school

This is how some adults cross the river

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Some of the school kids frustrated at their plight, said they have to leave their school uniforms in a silver pan while they swim across the river to prevent them from getting wet.

The residents therefore appealed to government through the Assembly to assist them make life less stressful for their children.

Pupils at Tapa Abotoase in the Volta Region swim to cross river to school

This is the nature of the bridge

Meanwhile, the Member of Parliament for Biakoye Constituency, Aboagye Nyampong expressed shock at the incident, adding that the children have an option of resorting to another route to school.

“They have other options to walk to Tapa Amanfrom, a suburb in the area to cross the river there, because construction of the bridge will take time”, the MP said.

Pupils at Tapa Abotoase in the Volta Region swim to cross river to school

Some cross the river with canoe

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