Oti Region: Headmaster of Likpe primary appeals for school’s renovation

Frederick Agbemenya emphasised the critical need for infrastructure to facilitate effective teaching and learning in the school

The headmaster of Likpe mate EP primary in the Guan district of the Oti Region, Frederick Agbemenya, has appealed to the government, NGOs, and philanthropists for assistance in providing essential educational infrastructure and materials.

He emphasised the critical need for infrastructure to facilitate effective teaching and learning in the school.

According to him, a total of 180 pupils share the few learning materials available.

The headmaster expressed concern over the unsafe condition of the school’s building, which poses a looming danger to both pupils and teachers.

On Thursday (16 May) a rainstorm destroyed the roof and the building, leaving the pupils stranded.

Speaking to Asaase News, Agbemenya said, “Because of the nature of our school building, we are mostly forced to either close the pupils or merge in one of the classes though it could not contain the total number of pupils. This is really affecting teaching and learning and there is a need for urgent help.”

“The recent rain removed the roof from the building, I reported it to the PTA and SMC, but nothing has been done and we have used lots of our own resources available to cater for some of the roofs.But now the school has nothing to address these current challenges, hence our appeal for support from the government, philanthropists and NGOs to help us,” he said.

Agbemenya added that, if the situation is not addressed urgently, they will be forced to close down the school since they are in the rainy season.

Other challenges include the lack of basic educational materials, a computer lab that is in use but in a very bad state, the toilet and a library that greatly affects academic activities.

“Sometimes, due to the inadequacy of the furniture and learning materials, our pupils are forced to merge and sometimes about three to four pupils have to manage one desk.”

“During the rainy season, we are forced to force the students to go home while they should be in the class learning to avoid any disaster since the buildings and the roof are not in any good condition.”

This, he said, is negatively affecting teaching and learning in the area.

Agbemenya noted that the shortage of furniture worsens the challenges faced in facilitating effective teaching and learning processes.

He lamented that, some residents send their children to neighboring schools with better facilities due to the infrastructure challenge, deepening issues like absenteeism and teenage pregnancies in the area.

Adding to that, in the last two years, the school recorded issues of teenage pregnancy as a result of the challenge faced by the school, rendering the girl child to absent themselves from school.

In response to the challenge, the assembly member for the area, Dormenya Elias Zury, said the challenge has come to his attention and he has raised it on many platforms of the assembly, hoping a response will come soon.

“I am aware of the challenge and I have raised it on many occasions during our meetings at the assembly and we are hoping for a positive response.”

“There are other schools facing the same challenge and the next District Assembly Common Fund will be made available to address such challenges,” he said.

He called on philanthropists and other agencies to come to their aid by providing them with toilet facilities and well-furnished classrooms with computers and libraries. Meanwhile, the residents of the area are also appealing for a market and a motorable road network.

According to them, since the creation of the district, there has never been any development or other social projects, hence the need for the government to come to their aid.

Speaking to Asaase News, a resident, Francis Somevi, lamented the challenge residents go through transporting their farm goods to Hohoe and other markets to earn a living. This, he said, is affecting their businesses and standard of living.

“Most of us within the district are farmers of cocoa, cassava, maize, and yam. But we don’t have any market to help us sell our goods. We sometimes have to travel a very long distance to either Hohoe or Jasikan to sell out our products, and because the roads and bridges are not good, the drivers charge us a very high amount of money and this is affecting us seriously.”

Janet Numabi, a trader and mother of three who also spoke with Asaase News, appealed to the government to help them with a market and a vocational training center.

This, she said, will help train the youth and the elderly, who have no business doing. Adding that, this will go a long way towards creating job opportunities for the residents within the area.”

Reporting by Solomon Mensah-Ahiable in the Oti region

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