Our centre spread feature on
Saturday is disturbing. It is about the Kwame Nkrumah School – the name given
by residents to the school – whose wall killed a woman and her son last week.
Our reporter’s narration
prompted the question as to whether a school in the nation’s capital could be
so deprived. Do we still have inspectors visiting schools in the country, and do
such officials take interest in the welfare of pupils and the environment in
which they study?
There is no doubt that the
school after its wall killed two persons has attracted the attention of a lot
of people. The situation could have been worse.
Just after the fatalities, the
Member of Parliament for the Ayawaso Central Constituency, Henry Quartey,
descended on the place announcing an intervention of sorts. Even though it is
better than nothing, the school needs a comprehensive structural overhaul.
Kids defecating openly in a
nearby drain within their school as is the case under review should not attract
plaudits for the authorities appointed by the President to oversee such
The crack on the walls of the
storey building housing the pupils is an indication that we are only waiting
for disaster to happen before we send emergency vehicles and staff to go and
rush the injured to hospital.
We are by this commentary pleading on behalf of the poor kids who are seeking education under such appalling conditions to have the status quo reversed. We cannot remain indifferent to the plight of not only the pupils but their teachers who are helpless too under the circumstances. They too have complained time without number but their small voices have not reached the authorities at the assembly level and would never will.
The condition of the
environment in which the pupils are learning is dire and we all must act fast
to obviate tragedy.
The pupils are not only
learning how to read and write but also how to be responsible citizens of this
country when they grow up in the future.
We do not expect pupils who do
not find anything wrong with defecating openly in the drains to be the kind of
Ghanaians to take up the mantle of running the affairs of this country tomorrow
in a manner which can enhance development and prosperity.
Let them go to the school now;
who are in charge for an appropriate assessment of its needs? The pupils of the
school under review must not be abandoned.
If a school in the nation’s
capital has been so neglected for over a decade, it was not surprising that
many schools operated under mango and neem trees in rural Ghana.