Residents and opinion leaders in Sehwi Mpesiem, Bibiani Anhweaso Bekwai municipality, Western North Region, are concerned about the dilapidated state of the Mpesiem M/A Junior High School classroom block.
They are pleading with the government to intervene immediately to avert a disaster.
According to them, the school’s situation is affecting their academic activities because the school automatically closes when rain threatens due to leaky roofing.
The school building, which was built several years ago, has never been renovated and is rapidly deteriorating, almost becoming a death trap. Its roof is completely ruined, with several sections leaking whenever it rains.
”The school building is in disrepair. The teachers have complained numerous times, but no one has listened. When it rains, the roof leaks and they are forced to close even though school hours have not ended,” a parent said.
”The situation is not ideal,” said another parent. It endangers the lives of our children. We have no choice but to use the deplorable structure. You cannot close the school because there are no other facilities for the students”.
Meanwhile, Frank Nelson Ackah, the assemblyman for Asawinso ‘A’ electoral area, said the project was not included in the assembly’s budget for this year, but he has engaged with community leaders and residents to all contribute to getting a better-studying place for the students.
He also pleaded with the public to help them because their children are studying under a death trap classroom block.
”The current state of the building is not suitable for human study or for teachers to teach in. We want to use a self-help project to solve the problem as a people; em and I have written several letters to the Assembly requesting assistance with building materials, but they have not responded. This is not in the Assembly’s budget, so it would be difficult for them to fund it. That is why I am inviting people to come and support our self-help project.”