Gbawe Gonse School receives new school block
Date published: October 17, 2012
By Bernice Bessey
The new school block came as a continued publication by this paper which drew the attention of officials of the assembly to provide decent learning and teaching accommodation for the pupils and teachers.
The bad condition of the school was a result of a rainstorm that ripped off the roof of the school building, which was formerly a church.
The Accra File, upon hearing the incident, visited the school and carried the headline “The Gbawe Gonse School needs help.”
The report stated that over the 350 pupils and eight teachers of the Gbawe Gonse M/A Primary School were being compelled to undertake teaching and learning in the scorching the sun, due to a rainstorm that ripped off the school roof, which also destroyed blackboards, desks and chairs.
The situation was so frustrating that teachers of the school even threatened to embark on a demonstration if nothing is done about their plight.
The Headmistress of the school, Ms. Rebecca Owusu, told the file that the Gbawe-Gonse and Ablekuma has only two schools serving the two communities, which led to overcrowding in the classrooms.
She indicated that most people in the area, especially, the parents and guardians of these children, are not gainfully employed to afford private schools in order to provide quality education for their wards.
The former church building was partitioned into classrooms, which made it difficult for the teachers to operate freely.
The main church block consisted of a kindergarten and the lower primary, while the children service part of the building also houses the upper primary, adding, “We were even lucky that the disaster occurred during a weekend.”
She said that the school does not have offices to keep the books, no toilet and urinal facilities, table and chairs for teachers, electricity, water, desks, chairs, and appropriate classrooms for the children.
She stressed that they had been compelled by the situation to keep teaching materials in nearby houses after school hours.
According to her, efforts were made by the Parent and Teacher Association (PTA) to rent canopies for the children, but that could not be continued, due to lack of funds.
As at the time the Accra File visited the school, the children were idling around, and the teachers seeking shelter under the former children’s shed.
She said letters written to the officials of the assembly about the deplorable state of the school had received no response, and also complained that officials of the Gbawe Gonse Municipal Assembly had not visited the school after the disaster.
She also called for the relocation of the school, since the land belonged to a private individual, and could hinder future expansion.
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