Ghana’s education in the rural areas is nothing good to write home about. In this modern dispensation where many developed countries are building smart classrooms, rural communities in Ghana are building strictures.
The situation at Gato No.1 Basic School in the Wassa East District is not pleasing to the eyes and shameful to government appointees in the district and the country at large.
Learners in the school are forced to sit and learn on the dusty floor because there are inadequate desks to support learning. The desks in class 4 is less than five, compared to a class size of about forty-eight learners.
The situation is even worse in the lower primary classes, where learners learn on logs and dusty floors due to lack of desks in the classroom. These school children go to school to acquire knowledge,, but it will shock you to know that before they leave the school, they had been infected with worms from the dusty environment.
Just as many rural communities, the members of the Gato community through communal labour have put up a six unit mud block for the school,, but there are not enough teachers and desks to furnish them.
Speaking to Angel News, a member of the community disclosed that his community has done their best by putting up the structure; however, he called on the government to assist the community by building a new classroom block, desks, and teacher’s bungalow for teachers.
Another member who happens to be a pastor added his voice by pleading with the government to support the school with a new classroom block, desks, urinal, and toilet facilities. He added that most of the children cross the Pra River to school, thus, the government should help by providing canoes to the learners.