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In Eastern Region The appalling conditions of teaching and learning at Akotoklo-Gua D/A Primary

Despite the poor working conditions in Akotoklo-Gua D/A Primary School in the Upper Manya Krobo District of the Eastern region, 8 teachers walk over 4miles to go teach students on rocks.

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In Ghana, the government often complains that government workers especially teachers, doctors and nurses do not go to work in rural areas when they are posted to such areas.

Some of these professionals argue that they do not want to work in rural areas because of the poor working conditions in such places.

Despite the poor working conditions in Akotoklo-Gua D/A Primary School in the Upper Manya Krobo District of the Eastern region, 8 teachers walk over 4miles to go teach students on rocks.

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According to Accra-based Starr FM, after the teachers walk for that long, they use clustered rocks under trees as Staff office due to lack of office accommodation.

One of the Teachers at Akotoklo -Gua D/A School Kennedy Okai said, “this is our staff common room, the rocks, of course, we do everything here, after walking for hours here.”

He added that the school does not have a toilet or urinal where the students and teachers can ease themselves if they need to.

He said the teachers and students ease themselves in the bush until a benevolent person built a urinal with palm fronds for the girls.

“The teaching environment here is very bad, even where to defecate is a problem so we go to the bush with pupils, this palm fronds-made Urinal you are seeing was made possible by someone who came here to see the girls almost naked urinating in the open.”

 

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The teachers do not have chairs and tables. This makes the marking of exercises difficult. The teachers mark class exercises and conduct class activities from the rocks under trees. They sometimes have to battle with snakes and other dangerous reptiles that invade their place of solace.

Whenever it rains, the Teachers run for cover in homes of the scattered settlement area whenever it rains due to poor state of the bamboo shed classrooms.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Akotoklo community, Dademankye Okum Peter said, the government has forsaken the community hence their challenges.

He appealed to the government and other stakeholders to come to the aid of the community.

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