Parents of the Nancy B. Doe Public School in Bong Mines, Bong County have appealed to the Ministry of Education (MOE) to help renovate and provide additional classrooms to accommodate their children.
The Nancy B. Doe Public School is a four classroom government institution that was completed in 2008 with a little over 315 students from nursery to grade 6.
Speaking on behalf of the parents, Musu Nimely said their children were finding it very difficult to learn in the absence of proper school facilities and materials, including textbooks and instructional staff.
Madam Nimely explained that in addition to those challenges, there is also the issue of latrine, seating capacity for students and capacity building for teachers that need to be addressed by the Ministry of Education.
“Due to the lack of space, we have to wash everyday for the children because the students are using blue and white uniforms and they come home very dirty every school day. Our children are having serious challenges to acquire their education,” she told Minister Tingba.
The principal of the school, Andrew G. Mensah also highlighted the existing challenges facing the institution, including limited teachers who are under constraint to impart knowledge to the children.
“The student population is over 316 but we have only seven teachers for them. We have not received any supplies from the ministry since the opening of the school year but we hope that with your visit here we will be blessed,” Mr. Mensah explained.
According to him, some of the teaching staff, (among the seven teachers) received payment from the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) through negotiations.
He called on Deputy Minister Tingba to ensure that teachers are placed on government’s payroll.
In remarks, Minister Tingba said he was disappointed at the poor condition at the school. “We want to assure you that the ministry will address these concerns to ensure that the children have a good learning atmosphere as well as quality education. We are here today to see how our children are learning and what we can do to improve the learning situation for them.”