Six basic schools in the Jomoro Constituency of the Western Region have benefited from renovation projects embarked on by the Member of Parliament, Dorcas Affo-Toffey.
The schools are Gyegyekro Basic School, Cocoa Town Basic School, Alenrezule Basic School, Tikobo Number 2 Basic School, Anlomatuope Basic School, Mpaesem Basic School, and Elubo Basic School.
The height of the school building was low, so the roof needed to be ripped off to raise the building.
She bought 50 bags of cement and plastered the entire school building, and then bought 160 roofing sheets to roof the entire school.
Madam Affo-Toffey also donated an amount of GH10,000 towards the completion of the project.
The situation at Elubo Basic School was overcrowding.
One classroom contains over 100 students.
Madam Affo-Toffey went there to inquire about the congestion, and fortunately, they had three uncompleted classrooms, of which two were uncompleted.
She donated sand, roofing sheets, and an amount for the completion of the project.
Residents at Mpaesem explained that the building was started by the Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) of the school, but they stopped because they had no funds.
They explained that the MP has come to “rescue us because we have several villages that have benefited from her kind gestures”.
“We have another school that needs desks, and she has promised to bring them.” If we had had such an MP in the past, Jomoro would not have been like this. We urge us all to let her continue,” they said in Twi.
The residents added, “We had challenges with the school when it rained.”
At Tikobo Number 2 Basic School, the building had not been painted for the last 20 years.
Both JHS and primary, made up of nine 3-classroom blocks, were painted by the MP.
In addition, the MP also erected metal poles for both a volleyball court and a football pitch at the school.
The Alenzule Basic School was another big challenge. The school was part of the school under trees; therefore, the community decided to put up their own building from Primary One to Six.
Due to a lack of funds, the project was halted. Again, there was no water in the school for the construction, but the Jomoro MP extended water to the school and gave them money to complete the project.
New Ankasa M/A Primary School had two classrooms for the nursery department and an office for teachers, but they had not been plastered.
Madam Affo-Tofey,, therefore bought sand and roofs to start the work. She also donated 50 bags of cement and a truckload of sand for the commencement of the project.
The Headmaster of New Ankasa M/A Primary School, Gibson Adomako Kyere, said: “We decided to house the children in this compound because we had no KG block”.
“Two weeks ago, our canteen was razed down, so we got an alarm. We spoke to the MP, and within a week, we had cement, sand, etc. to complete the block,” he added.
Gyegyekrom Basic School was a mud building with no plastering, which the residents and the school authorities say “was an eye sore and not conducive for teaching and learning”.