Students and teachers of Atiavi-Wenyagor M/A primary school in the Keta municipality in the Volta region are in constant fear having to cross a river on a dilapidated wooden footbridge before walking over 1kilometer to access Junior High School (JHS) on a daily basis.
A concerned teacher, Mr. Kennedy Hatekah who spoke to the Republic Press laments that accommodation and electricity are unavailable in the community as such teachers who teach in the school live in neighboring communities which is more than 1 kilometer walk from the school.
According to him, the two communities are separated by a river. As such, the only way of accessing either of them is by using a canoe or a footbridge which is in a “really bad shape”.
Mr. Kennedy Hatekah also mentioned that during the rainy season when the river overflows, the only option left for students and teachers is to use a canoe, a situation that puts their lives in constant fear as they cannot swim.
Mr. Hetekah also narrates that the Atiavi-Wenyagor M/A primary school which has no Junior High School (JHS) leaves Basic six students who have to graduate to the JHS walk about 1km journey before using a canoe or the dilapidated wooden foot bridge to the next community where they can access a Junior High School.
He further stated that, at Atiavi-Wenyagor M/A primary school, where he teaches, there are only four (4) teachers teaching eight (8) classes which has made it difficult to have a Junior High School at Atiavi-Wenyagor M/A primary school, a situation which would have prevented the primary six (6) students from crossing the footbridge to access a Junior High School in the nearby community at the peril of their lives.
Here are pictures of the footbridge….