The issue of chalk shortage has again visited schools in the Eastern region as most of the schools have reportedly reduced school hours due to the shortage.
According to reports, the issue is affecting teaching and learning in the region. Some of the affected areas experiencing the shortage in teaching materials include Kwaebibirem and Akwatia districts.
It has gotten to a situation whereby students are made to bring their own chalk to school for classes to go on successfully. Most of the teachers in these schools are left with no choice than to reduce class hours since it is not ideal to dictate notes for pupils in the basic level.
Almost all basic schools especially in the Kwaebibirem and Denkyembour are struggling to get chalk and other teaching materials from their education directorates. The teachers in the region said they have laid complaints on the chalk shortage issue, but since the chalks are not available at the district education office, they can’t supply to the schools.
We are really hoping government intervenes on this recurring embarrassment of ‘no chalk’ in schools. Last year, a similar incident occurred in the same region. It would be recalled that Mrs Matilda Amissah-Arthur, wife of the Vice President came under intense criticism about a year ago over her response to a chalk request made by the headmistress of Kukurantumi Presby School in the Eastern Region.
The second lady had fumed at the headmistress of Kukurantumi Presby School for asking her to provide her school with boxes of chalk and other educational materials.
“I think we have over pampered you people. Because we have provided free school uniforms so parents don’t even want to buy basic things for their children,” the second lady said to her in response. However, she apologized for the comment later.