Asukese Children Still Study Under Trees
Kindergarten Children at the Asukese L/A Primary and Junior High School (JHS) in the Asunafo North Municipality of the region are studying under trees.
The children, in their quest to be educated, have no choice than to seek refuge under the few trees around the school to receive lessons from their teachers.
The Brong-Ahafo File gathered that a few months ago, the children were sitting on the ground for lessons, whilst most of the teachers in the school, including the headmaster, have to struggle with the deplorable state of the road from Mim to Asukese each day to teach.
According to information gathered, absenteeism and truancy were the order of the day among some of the teachers due to the hardships they have to go through to teach every day.
The community confirmed that previously the teachers were not punctual and regular to school due to the various reasons given, some of which included lack of accommodation for them in the town, and the poor nature of the road leading to Asukese, but currently, things had changed and the number of teachers had increased.
The Headmaster of the school, Mr. Roland Naab, emphasised that lack of good infrastructure was hampering effective teaching and learning in the school, adding that the poor road network and lack of proper infrastructure was really having a negative impact on the community.
Mr. Naab described the situation as disgusting, with the children to school under trees, saying, it was not good for future leaders of the country to study under an environment where even teachers feel uncomfortable.
He appealed to the government and other stakeholders to intervene, since improving the quality of education at the basic level was a panacea to the falling standard of education system in the country.
Children of Asukese waiting to receive free pair of shoes from NGO
This came to light when the Brong-Ahafo File visited the school during a presentation of 3,000 pair of shoes to children of some selected deprived schools in the Asunafo North municipality by a Kumasi-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), Bright Generation Community Foundation.
Ms. Bernice Dapaah, Executive Director of Bright Generation Community Foundation, disclosed that the NGO was into educational projects for school children and women empowerment.
According to Ms. Dapaah, the shoes were donated by Tom Shoes, and Asunafo North was selected because it was considered as one of the deprived municipalities in the country.
She continued that it was not only shoes that would be presented, but other teaching and learning materials such as computers, text books, school uniforms and exercise books among others, which would be done every six months for four years.
Ms. Dapaah disclosed that the Member of Parliament for the area, Robert Sarfo-Mensah, was very key in the selection of Asunafo North to be a beneficiary, and commended him for his effort.
Robert Sarfo-Mensah commended Bright Generation Community Foundation for granting his request to assist school children of his constituency.
He encouraged the children to take inspiration from the gesture, and take their studies seriously and be obedient to their teachers and parents to be prominent personalities in the future.
Mr. Robert Sarfo-Mensah donated sets of jerseys and footballs to the school, and called on the teachers to help unearth the hidden talents of the children, and nurture them well, both in sports and academically.
The MP for Asunafo North, Robert Sarfo-Mensah planting a tree seedling at Asukese school
He also appealed to landlords of the community to assist the teachers with the provision of accommodation to help improve effective teaching and learning in the school.
Other beneficiary schools included Betwie Nyankomago Primary School, Abebrese L/A Primary and JHS, Kwadwo Addaekrom L/A Primary and JHS, Abogyae L/A Primary and JHS and Asumura L/A Primary and JHS.
Species of trees were planted in each of the beneficiary schools, as a way of encouraging the children to assist in preventing deforestation in the area.
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