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Berewong M/A Junior High School (JHS) in the Lawra Municipality of the Upper West Region is in dire need of infrastructure to ensure effective teaching and learning.

The 32-year old primary school was last year directed by the Ghana Education Service (GES), to introduce the JHS system but with no infrastructure to accommodate the students who would be admitted. This compelled authorities of the school to turn the head teacher’s bungalow into a classroom.

According to the Acting Head teacher, John Kuuim, some of the JHS students have been forced to use the Kindergarten block for classes.

Pupils who complete primary in the area have to walk for about five miles to Lawra to attend junior high school.

More than a year after the Junior High School was added to the primary, it is yet to be provided with infrastructure.
The school has a population of 266 pupils for both primary and JHS. However there is no classroom block, staff common room, head teacher’s office and learning materials for the JHS. The JHS has only one permanent staff with two NABCO Trainees.

The Incoming Acting Headteacher for the JHS Gracious Deblu appealed to the Lawra Municipal Assembly to extend electricity to th,e community and the school in order to complement the ICT Literacy in the new curriculum.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Director in charge of Administration and Finance at GES Lawra, Liman Alhassan Omar said the Service is not responsible for putting up structures for schools.
He said GES has written to the Lawra Municipal Assembly but is yet to receive any response.

Some of the students also appealed to government and the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Area, Anthony Karbo, to come to their aid.

By: GBC Ghana

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