Korko, a community in the Amansie West District of the Ashanti Region, has appealed to the government and other philanthropists to come to their aid and support them to complete a Junior High School (JHS) building they initiated, which is presently at the roofing level due to lack of funds.
The Chief of Korko, Nana Yaw Gyasi Simpirimo, indicated that the completion of the project has become necessary to save children in the community from the hustle and difficulties they go through to access JHS education from nearby communities.
At the JHS level, the pupils have to walk to either Hiakose, a three-mile journey, or to Ahwerewa, which is two miles away, a situation which has persisted for over 53 years now and is negatively affecting the performance of the pupils.
Nana Yaw Gyasi Simpirimo said on his enstoolment barely four months ago, he mooted the idea for the people to put up the building to save the next batch of Primary Six pupils from commuting to either Hiakose or Ahwerewa next academic year, but lack of resources to roof the building is their bane.
The Chief complained that the community has since made frantic efforts by alerting the Member of Parliament and District Chief Executive, but has received no positive response.
He said the community would need only materials for the roofing and pledged their preparedness to offer labour in order to complete the project before the beginning of next academic year, beginning next month.
The Chief also complained about the poor road network, over which drivers usually refuse to convey passengers to the village, resulting in exorbitant charges by those who hesitatingly ply the route.
The JHS pupils who spoke with the paper enumerated lateness, tiredness, dusty roads, dirt and its attending health implications as some of the challenges they face under the present condition.
They also complained of sleeping most of the time in class, resulting in the abysmal performance, evidenced in their poor expression in English.
According to them, they contend with wading through muddy paths during the rainy season and covered with dust during the dry season, as they cover the distance to and from school.
Both (rainy or dry season) ways they face a bad situation, the pupils complained.
The Assembly Member for the area, Andrews Ofosu, confirmed that efforts at getting the needed assistance have not yielded any positive results.