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Pupils neglected after rainstorm ripped off school roof

Sunday, 05 June 2016 10:39

The pupils of the Kpalsi A. M. E. Zion School in Tamale in the Northern Region have been forced to cut short contact hours due to the condition of the school structure.

Speaking to tv3network.com, members of the PTA revealed that the school was among other structures that had their roofs ripped off by a rainstorm on May, 3 2016.

The situation has forced teachers to end lessons as pupils cannot study under the harsh weather conditions.

Lessons that hitherto lasted approximately seven hours have to be brought to an abrupt end at 10:00am each day when the sun is out. With no tents to continue studying, the 10:00am is not even assured as they are sometimes forced to close earlier especially when the clouds begin to gather.

P. T. A Chairman Abdul Rahman Ibrahim showed the news team several letters the school together with the PTA have written to the Northern Regional Education Service, the Sagnarigu Member of  Parliament and the District Chief Executive, but none of them have visited the school till date to offer any help.

He added that the P. T. A though is willing to take steps to address the challenges but are constraint after constructing the Junior High School.

"PTA tried to contribute to enable us purchase roofing sheets to fix the school but we have not been able to do so due to some previous contributions we made to construct the Junior High School. I think  as PTA, we have contributed our quota to our ward's education by building the JHS which was supposed to have been built by government", he lamented.

Located in the Sagnarigu District of the Northern Region, the Kpalsi A.M.E. Zion School serves Kpalsi, Wurishie and other two communities in the district.

The school with an enrollment of five hundred and sixty seven pupils started under a pavilion in 1982 but was later given a face lift by some Canadian Volunteers some years later.

Furniture is also another challenge authorities are faced with.  Some pupils have to write lying on the ground with some of the classes heavily congested.

Attempts to speak with stakeholders proved futile.

By Zubaida Ismail|tv3network.com|Ghana
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