Officials of the Ghana Education Service GES on Thursday commenced the distribution of furniture to basic schools in Bole, capital of the Bole-Bamboi district of the Northern Region.
The distribution followed media reports that pupils in public basic schools in the town which happens to be the hometown of Ghana’s President, John Dramani Mahama, sit on bare floors to study because of inadequate furniture in the schools.
The furniture arrived on Thursday afternoon, and most pupils in primary one to six in all the three public schools in the President’s hometown, were lying on the floor to study. Citi News checks at St. Kizito’s Primary ‘A’ and ‘B’ as well as the Bole Methodist Primary, revealed that none of the classes had enough furniture to accommodate the pupils.
At St. Kizito’s Primary ‘A’, there were less than 30 dual desk furniture. The situation was not different at the St. Kizito’s Primary ‘B’, and the Bole Methodist Primary School where some classes were without a single desk.
The pupils were seen celebrating when news came that a long vehicle carrying the furniture had arrived in the Bole Town. Jaaga Jame, the DCE for Bole-Bamboi, on behalf of the Education Ministry, presented 370 pieces of furniture comprising 270 mono and 102 dual desks at a short ceremony to the District Education Directorate, who in turn distributed them to the 3 schools.
Hon. Jaaga said, “the President’s commitment to transforming lives includes improved education and so that is why we are here to present this furniture.
We hope it will change the plight of these pupils even as we strive to make education more accessible.” He debunked assertions that the presentation was in response to media publication about the absence of furniture in the school. According to him, ” the information that was sent isn’t the right information.
There was no classroom that had no single furniture. What is happening is that, we did a need assessment and it came out that the schools need furniture and we forwarded the information to the appropriate authorities waiting for their responses.”
He said an additional 1,000 dual desk furniture will be delivered to the District in the coming days from the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) for onward distribution to other needy schools. Mahama Braimah, a class two teacher at the St Kizito’s Primary School was full of praises for the government for the intervention.
He said “it will improve teaching and learning since we were compelled to teach whiles the children were lying on the floor”. He added that the situation had adverse impact on the performance of pupils in the area as majority of them failed in the Basic Education Certificate Exmas (BECE). Some of the pupils who spoke to Citi News thanked the government for the gesture.