The days of school under trees seem to be far from over as pupils of Ewando D/A primary school in the kpandai district of the Northern region still have their lessons under trees.
Teaching and learning has become headache for both teachers and students due to the discomfort of teaching and learning under trees.
An old dilapidated pavilion which was erected by the community to serve as classrooms has been raised down by a strong storm.
Hitherto, the pavilion was serving as classrooms for classes 1-3.
Yagmal Sulah Eric, Assistant headmaster of the school told DAILY GUIDE that, all efforts and appeal for support from the District Chief Executive and the Member of Parliament for the catchment area has not yielded any fruits.
Some of the teachers who spoke to DAILY GUIDE revealed that, they don’t have enough textbooks to compliment teaching. This has made it almost impossible to teach and complete the syllabus on time.
According to them, the lack of textbooks and practical teaching makes teaching abstract, especially subjects like integrated science and Information Communications Technology.
There is no staff common room for teachers, as such, during break times, teachers mostly go to their various homes and return sometimes 30mins after break is over.
Ewando D/A primary school is also not covered under the school feeding program as such, the pupils always make their way to their various home under the pretext of going for lunch, never to return.
Pupils are seen seated on the bare floor while seven pupils share a bench meant for three.
Kitinji Gloria, the Girls prefect of the school indicated that, the inadequate desks, textbooks and the lack of an ICT lab is negatively affecting their studies.
She added that having lessons under tree is unbearable especially when the sun rises.
According to her, school comes to a close with the formation of clouds as it threatens to rain.
Kitinji Gloria is therefore calling on government, NGOs, individuals and cooperate bodies to come to their aid.