General News of Thursday, 5 February 2015
Source: Graphic Online
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ablekuma West, Mrs Ursula Owusu Ekuful, has expressed concern about the behaviour of some unscrupulous residents who use the classrooms of Akweibu Basic School in the constituency as a toilet facility and a sex joint.
The MP’s indignation follows series of complaints lodged by authorities of the school that teachers and pupils were often met with faeces and packs of used condoms littered all over in the classrooms.
“It is very disturbing when sometimes a wrapped polythene bag full of faeces is thrown into the classrooms, which makes the pupils lose concentration while studying,” Mrs Agatha Zator, headmistress of Akweibu Basic School, said at a community durbar organised to find solutions to problems facing the school.
“Sometimes we even find signs indicating that there had been a sexual act on the desks in the school, used condoms, as well as wrapped pieces of paper suspected to be Indian hemp,” she said.
Mrs Ekuful, who expressed displeasure about the situation, enjoined residents of the area to see the school as their property, and ensure that it is well maintained to train persons to serve the nation.
“I just can’t believe that people can defecate in classrooms,” she said, and pledged to provide the school with lights to help improve the security situation.
The MP said she would facilitate the construction of a public toilet for the community in the course of the year, and appealed to the chiefs and elders to make land available for that project.
“If not, then everyone must have toilet facilities in your homes, I will make sure of that,” she said.
Mrs Owusu told the people to be patient while the Ghana Education Trust Fund delivered on its promise of refurbishing the school, as well as complete a new classroom structure, in addition to the Accra Metropolitan Assembly’s quest to provide the necessary amenities for the communities.
She also gave an assurance that follow-ups would be made to ensure the Accra Sewage Improvement Project initiated by the government reached the constituency, saying, “This is needed because all the pipelines in the community are over 40 years, causing a lot of leakages.”
The school authorities claimed some of the children had been exposed to drugs due to the activities of the intruders, and described the situation as challenging.