Nana Agyenim Boateng, Chief of Pakyi Banko has appealed to President Akufo-Addo for immediate intervention to assist in building a classroom block with the necessary facilities.
He said “the neglected school and pupils” are in dire need of a classroom block with toilet/urinal, library, furniture, and teachers’ accommodation to facilitate effective teaching and learning.
The school is now one of the most deprived primary schools in the country and the district, hence, a befitting classroom to serve the nursery, kindergarten, and the primary one to six pupils.
“The school has been neglected, without even a single decent classroom and proper school furniture for meaningful studies since its establishment in 1961″. Nana Agyenim Boateng made the appeal in an interview with the Akwadaa Nyame at Pakyi Banko’, a farming community in the Amansie West District of the Ashanti Region.
“The situation is very worrying as classes end suddenly whenever it threatens to rain because pupils must run to their homes for shelter”, the chief lamented.
He bemoaned “the school’s population is about 300 but disturbingly, the pupils are lacking the privilege to enjoy their basic right to quality education for lack of school building and other necessary materials for effective teaching and learning”.
Nana Agyenim alleged the school has no record of a single furniture donated by all the previous and the current government and due to that, the pupils sit on the bare floor to write.
He said it had always been difficult as a school to meet its learning objectives set for an academic year because classes were often interrupted by rainfall.
Nana Agyenim Boateng pleaded with President Akufo-Addo to ensure the speedy provision of a befitting classroom block for the current generation of pupils and those yet unborn in the community to feel that “they are really Ghanaians and also getting their fair share of the national cake”.
That, he hoped would be a great relief for the parents and guardians in the community because “we sometimes wonder if really the pupils are part of Ghanaian school children”.
The chief also appealed to non-governmental, charitable organisations, corporate entities, and philanthropists home and abroad to come to their aid “to secure the future of these little ones.