Pupils of Kpandem Basic School in the Kpandem community, a suburb of Wiaga in the Builsa North Municipality of the Upper East Region, have sat under trees for years to study.
According to some teachers who spoke off record, many pupils have dropped out of school due to the inconvenience the situation poses.
When information reached the Member of Parliament for the area, Lawyer James Agalga, he led the construction of a 3-unit classroom block. The building has been commissioned and is expected to be put to use.
According to him, the initiative aimed to eliminate the plight of the pupils.
He told our reporter, Moses Apiah, that he was compelled to act after seeing pictures of the students learning under trees.
“I was terrified to see daycare pupils sitting under trees to learn. Then, I told myself that something fast must be done. But you know we are in opposition and mobilising resources has been a challenge, but I told the community members that we can do something. So, communal labour I quickly thought of, and brought in the community members. I provided them with the building materials, and work started. And based on this strategy of communal labour two days ago, we completed the build and handed it over for use by the pupils.”
Due to community participation in the building of projects, many projects have been completed and put to use in the area, according to the MP.
“…based on this strategy, in every community you visit, you will see either a school, a health centre, or a water source completed or in the process of completing. For instance, I just commissioned four health centres and nurses’ quarters in four communities. Deborinsa CHIPS made of OPD and nurses’ quarters, and Sinyangsa Nurses’ quarters made up of four flats, Yemonsa Chips, Achanyiri/ Jaata chips, and Wobilinsa chips. All these give credit to my strategy. “
Mr. Agalga said he would continue to drive community participation in the construction of such social infrastructure.
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