The timely renovation and completion of a 6-unit class room block at the Osramani primary School in the Krachi West District of the Volta Region, has saved over 300 pupils from studying under a death trap structure.
The renovated basic school which became an ultra modern structure was built in 1964, as part of the resettlement package for residents to pave way for the Construction of the Akosombo Dam, under Ghana’s first President Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah administration.
Since it establishment the school has never receive any form of renovation and the entire structure became unsaved for pupils of Osramani Community and it’s adjourning communities.
Until the renovation, pupils in Osramani Primary had to move out of the classroom to study under trees and in the case of rain fall, classes has to be close for that day. The situation made many pupils absent themselves from school.
The basic school which comprised primary A and B and a Junior High School buildings had life threatening cracks, a situation which made school authorities write to the District Assembly and the Volta River Authority for assistance, but none of them responded to the school authorities appeal.
The old structure of Osramani primary A
The school authorities then extended the appeal to the Member of Parliament(MP), Rev. Hon Helen Adjoa Ntoso, for intervention and through to her determination, she had the Primary A school renovated through her MPs Common Fund and promised to extend same to the Primary B and that of the JHS buildings.
Speaking to THE REPUBLIC on the project, Rev. Hon Helen Ntoso said, the renovated 6-unit classroom block project had brought smiles on the faces of many residents, especially parents and the school authorities in the Osramani community and the entire District.
She said, educational infrastructure remained a big challenge in some rural communities across the Krachi West District and her aim is to improve upon the existing school infrastructure in such communities, especially where the pupil have to walk miles to access school.
“After the dilapidated structure was renovated, the residents were indeed happy that I have been able to make it. They said they have appealed to both the District Assembly and the VRA, but nothing happened and both the teachers and the pupils were still sitting under the death trap structure,” the former Regional Minister said.
The lawmaker said, she is determined to provide qualitative education for the teeming population, adding that, she would take bold decision as MP to lobby the government through GetFUND for more education infrastructures for the rest of the communities, that faces similar challenges.
With the commissioning of the renovated ultra modern 6-unit classroom facility, Hon Helen Ntoso said, the school could now boost of conducive environment to augment the lonely structure where the school has been operating for years, stating, “with this block, the pupil can now have better class rooms for teaching and learning.”
Sounding very passionate about the plight of school children in the deprived communities, the lawmaker noted that education is one of the most important sectors of the socio-econmic development of any country, and that irrespective of the richness of a school curriculum, the environment must also play a key role as it must be relatively conducive for effective learning.
She charged school children in the constituency to take their studies seriously so the investment made on the infrastructure would not go waste, saying that, “they (pupils)can only appreciate my effort with excellent performance.”
While reassuring her commitment to bring development closer to the people of Krachi West through education, the Minority member on Committee of Defence and Interior of parliament pointed out that there could not be quality education without facilities.
She therefore asked the school authority to take very good care of the facility and let the building be maintained to last for the purpose it has been put up for, stating that, “education is a shared responsibility between government, represented by the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service, community leaders and members, as well as development agencies.”
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba