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Nabango SHTS neglected; students study in dilapidated classrooms

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Nabango Senior High Technical School, located in the Kassena Nankana West District of the Upper East Region, faces severe infrastructural challenges that threaten the safety and education of its students.

Established in 2010 by community members and later absorbed by the government in 2016, the school continues to use old, dilapidated, abandoned basic school buildings for teaching and learning.

The school’s infrastructure is in a dire state, with cracked walls evident in virtually every classroom. These cracks pose significant dangers to the students, who often have no choice but to overlook the risks and continue their education in unsafe conditions.

The lack of proper dormitories exacerbates the problem, forcing students to convert an old, abandoned nursery block—a short walk from their classrooms—into an improvised dormitory. This building, too, is unsafe, raising serious concerns about the students’ well-being.

In an interview with our reporter, Moses Apiah, several students expressed their struggles and frustrations.

“Being in this school is a constant struggle,” one student remarked.

The challenges extend beyond unsafe classrooms and dormitories; the students also have to fend for themselves as the school is not included in the government’s school feeding program. This situation adds an extra layer of difficulty for the students, who must balance their academic responsibilities with the need to secure their meals.

One student told our reporter that the structure shown on the school’s website is a fabrication, bearing no resemblance to reality. The school does not have its own dedicated buildings, making the online representation deceptive and misleading.

“If I knew this was how the school was, I would not have selected it,” one student said.

With approximately 303 students—161 males and 142 females—the school offers programs in General Arts, Home Economics, Technical and Applied Electricity, and Business. However, the poor infrastructure severely undermines the quality of education the school can provide. For the 2023/2024 academic year, the school lacks first-year Business students.

John Nsoah, the Assembly Member for the Nabango Electoral Area, described the current state of the school as an “eyesore.” According to him, he has made numerous appeals to the district assembly and the education directorate for support, but these pleas have gone unanswered.

“We have tried multiple times to get assistance, but nothing has been done,” Nsoah lamented.

The community and school administration are calling for urgent intervention to address the myriad challenges facing Nabango Senior High Technical School. The dilapidated buildings need immediate renovation or replacement to ensure the safety and security of the students.

Additionally, there is a pressing need for proper dormitory facilities and inclusion in the government’s school feeding program to alleviate the students’ burdens. Students have reported spending more hours cooking to feed themselves than studying.

The situation at Nabango Senior High Technical School highlights a broader issue of neglect and underfunding in rural educational institutions. Without prompt action from relevant authorities, the future of the students and the school remains uncertain.

Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1Mhz|Moses Apiah|Nabango

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