Schools at Assin South in the Central region under threat from destruction as the rainy season approaches will be relocated soon, Member of Parliament for the area Rev. John Ntim Fordjour has announced.
Out of the 125 basic schools in the area including kindergarten, primary and junior high schools (JHS) 10 of them have been identified as having weak structures that could be destroyed during a storm.
Specific classrooms of the 10 schools under threat will be relocated to temporal structures to avoid any disaster when heavy rains come, even as steps are taken to construct permanent, safe structures for the pupils.
“In view of the recent phenomenon of heavy storms ripping off the roofs of school structures and sometimes resulting in a total or partial collapse of buildings, we will embark on temporary relocation of pupils whose school structures are in hazardous state.
“They will be housed at safer facilities until such a time when permanent alternative facilities would be constructed for their safe dwelling,” Rev. Ntim Fodjour stated.
This was after he donated five packets of roofing sheets and four sets of street light worth GHS5000 to the Nyankumase Ahenkro D/A Primary and JHS school.
The MP is confident the relocation of some classes in the 10 schools will help avoid injury to pupils should such destructions happen as a result of the rain.
“This pragmatic intervention is expected to avert the unlikely occurrence of casualties which are often the results of the collapse of school building in times of heavy storms,” he explained.
The relocation is to be done in collaboration with the District Director of Education, Chiefs and Religious Leaders.
District Director of Education Mrs. Sally Nelly Coleman, who received the items on behalf of the school expressed gratitude to the MP for the kind gesture.
She appealed to school authorities and the community to assist in ensuring that the roofing of the kindergarten block is done with utmost diligence in order to firmly survive the heavy storms that may occur.