Primary schools in Bole, the capital of Bole-Bamboi district in the Northern region were supplied with 370 desks on Thursday by the Ghana Education Service (GES). This gesture was coming just few days after media publications revealed that the pupils in the three primary schools in the district study whilst lying on the bare floor.
This is very similar to what happened just few months ago with the Kperisi primary school in the Upper West Regional capital, Wa.
It seems the media have to find out more of these poor conditions of learning in our schools in Ghana, seeing that it propels immediate intervention by our complacent government!
According to Citi News reports, the three primary schools in Bole, namely: St. Kizito’s Primary schools ‘A’ and ‘B’ and the Bole Methodist Primary School are suffering the same predicament. In St. Kizito’s Primary ‘A’, some of the classrooms have no desks at and all the desks put together from primaries 1 to 6 are not up to thirty. The condition in the other two primary schools, St Kizito ‘B’ and the Methodist Primary School is not different.
The most worrisome part of the story is that this is happening in the president’s hometown! Maybe, many of us do not know yet that Presdient John Dramani Mahama is from Bole town, in the Bole-Bamboi District of the Northern region.
The desks were presented at a short ceremony, to the District Education Directorate by Jaaga Jame, the DCE for Bole-Bamboi, on behalf of the Education Ministry. The pupils were seen jubilating on the arrival of the truck conveying the desks to the district. 370 pieces of furniture comprising 270 mono and 102 dual desks were delivered and the Education directorate in the District subsequently distributed them to the 3 schools.
According to one of the teachers in the school, the poor learning condition of the pupils having to lie on the bare floor has been adversely affecting their performances. He together with the pupils were surprised and very grateful at the gesture.
However, Hon. Jaaga Jame in a short speech said that “the President’s commitment to transforming lives includes improved education and so that is what moved them to present the furniture. He also rejected the claims that it is because the information went public through the media that they quickly intervened. He further explained that “they needed an assessment and it came out that the schools need furniture and so they forwarded the information to the appropriate authorities waiting for their responses.” This reminds us of how the Wa constituency also said they’ve already ordered for the construction of desks for Kperisi school before Dr Bawumia discovered their predicament.
He added that an additional 1,000 dual desk furniture will be delivered to the District in the coming days from the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) for onward distribution to other needy schools.
All the same, we are grateful that the government did not pay deaf ears to the media findings but intervened quickly in the poor situation of these basic school pupils.