Children study under trees at Baayiri in the Upper West Region
The Assembly Member for Bayiri Electoral Area in the Wa East District of the Upper West Region, Samuel Naa Yendor has expressed worry over growing potential and frustration of “schools under trees” within his electoral area.
He said some schools in the Electoral Area have no classroom blocks which compelled the school children to sit under trees. “Our children learn under trees because some schools in the electoral area lack classroom blocks,” the Assembly Member has said.
“…even in Baayiri, there many children of school-going age but there is no classrom block for them to sit in. They sit under trees. So when it is or about raining, they close for that day,” Naa Yendor said.
Mr Yendor who said this in an interview with Info Radio observed that school children are unable to go through effective teaching and learning in the rainy season since schools have to close anytime it threatens to rain.
The Assembly Member therefore appealed to the government, the Wa East District Assembly as well as benevolent Non-governmental organizations and individuals to come to their aid by providing them with classroom blocks, especially KG blocks.
Making the appeal through Info Radio, he lamented that the absence of proper conditioned classroom buildings has hampered teaching and learning activities.
Residents in the communities also are appealing to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Philanthropists as well as the government to come to their aid.
Schools are likely to reopen in early this year after schools were closed down in March last year, 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. However, classroom blocks still remain a serious challenge in some of the schools in the Upper West Region.
Some schools lack classroom blocks while others are seriously dilapidated at the verge of collapsing thereby putting the lives of the school children at risk.