Historical Queen Elizabeth School faces demolition
By: Edmond Gyebi
The Queen Elizabeth Kindergarten and Primary School, the only memorial legacy of the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, in the Northern Region, will soon face demolition.
Established and commissioned in 1962 at Tishegu in the Central Business District of Tamale by the Queen herself, the Queen Elizabeth School primarily served as a learning centre for children of the north, especially, staff of the Tamale Central Hospital.
With a population of over 300 students, the school is now serving as a death trap, with its structures completely deteriorated.
Commendably, however, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale Central, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, with funding from the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETfund) is putting up a one-storey block for the Kindergarten to Junior High School, to replace the old dilapidated structure.
Even though the new structure is a novelty in the whole of the three Northern regions, as it remains the only public basic school in a storey building, some opinion leaders and the Headmistress of the school, Madam Sala Abukari, disagreed that the old structure, which is of such historical significance should be demolished.
Surprisingly, the gateman of the School, one Baba Issah, who coincidentally worked as a labourer when the school was established in the 60s, is still at post.
He bemoaned the dilapidated state of the popular Queen Elizabeth School, and preferred its demolition, but his consolation was that the name of the new structure would still remain unchanged.
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