The Central Region office of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) has declared a four-unit kindergarten (KG) block of the Jacob Wilson Sey Basic School in Cape Coast a “death trap.”
This was after it had carried out a joint assessment with a technical team from the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly last year.
It consequently directed authorities and pupils to vacate the building constructed some 70 years ago and had not seen any major renovation works because it was not conducive to accommodate pupils and staff for sound teaching and learning.
The walls and floor of the classrooms have developed cracks while parts of the roof had been ripped off with other parts of the concrete ceiling occasionally falling off.
The situation has compelled authorities to vacate the block and currently combined classes one and two, three and four and five and six of the Primary School to accommodate the KG in the same building.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview, Mr Saeed B. Daud, Headmaster of the school, said the situation was having an adverse effect on teaching and learning.
According to him, several appeals to relevant authorities, including the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly and the Ghana Education Service (GES), to intervene, had not received favourable responses.
The Headmaster has therefore appealed to government, corporate institutions, old students and other stakeholders to assist the school with a new KG block because renovating the old one would be costly.
The school, which is situated at Bakaano close to the sea, also faced the challenge of residents dumping refuse and openly defecating on the premises.
GNA team visited the school on Tuesday morning and saw KG pupils, numbering more than 80 occupying primary 1, 2 and 3 classrooms respectively.
Primary one and two pupils shared one classroom, while three and four pupils were learning in one classroom.
Primary five and six pupils, numbering more than 70 also shared one classroom whilst their teachers taught in turns.
The GNA checks also revealed that the school lacked a well-resourced library and an ICT laboratory.
The staff common room was not big enough to accommodate all the teachers, forcing some of them to use the corridors.
Source: Ghana News Agency