Children of Nyogbaare community in the Nabdam District of the Upper East Region often lose interest in going to school almost immediately after they have been enrolled into the kindergarten or primary school.
This is because there is no furniture in the Nyogbaare Primary School for pupils to sit on and study in class. The situation has made education a sort of nightmare for most children in the area.
The neat and serene nature of the outside environment of the Nyogbaare Primary School could easily tempt a visitor to think that the school is a good school where children are happily and soundly studying.
Sadly, the reverse is the case. Most children in this school are going through the painful dilemma of choosing between staying at home and losing their education or coming to school and having a rigorous time, prostrating on the cold, bare cement floors of their classrooms to write.
The Nyogbaare primary school has no tables and chairs for children to sit on for classroom lessons.
Benard Nyebaken, the headmaster of the school laments that the situation is seriously hampering effective teaching and learning.
Teachers of the Nyogbaare Primary School also say that despite the efforts they make in teaching the children, most of them have difficulties understanding what they are taught as a result of the discomfort they experience, sitting on the floor to listen and lying down to write.
Out of a population of about 600 pupils, only one could speak to A1 News in English. Paul Wagzie, a primary five pupil said: “when I lie down to write, my uniform becomes dirty and I am not happy about it. We want government to bring us chairs”.
At the Nyogbaare kindergarten school, the non-existence of classroom furniture is coupled with a problem of overcrowding.
Children of KG1 and KG2 are sharing the same classroom and one teacher and head of the kindergarten, Gladys Golima says the situation is unbearable.
The headmaster of the Nyogbaare Primary School says the school badly needs the intervention of Government and other benevolent organizations, to guarantee the hope of a brighter future for children of Nyagbaare.
By: Albert Sore | A1radioonline.com | Ghana