The St Augustus Prim. School has not seen any renovation since establishment
The St. Augustus Primary School in Sagani in the Sagnarigu District of the Northern Region is under serious deplorable situation, a disincentive for effective teaching and learning.
A visit to the school by our correspondent revealed that the honey-comb windows of the school do not provide enough ventilation for the classrooms and some of the doors were almost falling apart.
The Head teacher of the school, Madam Mary Kyiu, said: “The school was built in 1961 by a Catholic father with his own resources to provide secular education in the area which was then an isolated village. Since that time up till today, the school has never been renovated.”
She added that the six classrooms are small and not of the standard type, pointing out that it hampers more enrolment of pupils in the school.
She said their problem is compounded by inadequate furniture for the pupils, forcing some of them to sit on the floor.
Madam Kyiu said any time it rains the water flows into the classrooms and teaching staff and pupils spend a lot of time to collect the water.
“If it is torrential rains then we have to close down the school that day which reduces the number of contact hours.”
She said all efforts to get the administration renovate the school failed while it was under the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly.
The Head teacher said their plight was brought to the attention of the new district but “it has not yielded any positive results” and expressed her frustration of the lackadaisical attitude of the various assemblies.
She said the community members are peasant farmers and anytime they are called upon to contribute towards the rehabilitation of the school they complained of lack of funds.
The Head teacher said she has no office and she sits under a tree to do her administrative duties.
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