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Teachers and Pupils of Asayili AME Zion School in the Tolon District struggle to cope with no furniture syndrome

Pupils of Asayili AME Zion Primary school, in the Wantugu Electoral Area of the Tolon District in the Northern Region having been left with no classroom furniture, sit on the bare floor to undertake classes.

This, according to the teachers in the school is affecting smooth teaching and learning in the School. They thus want government to swiftly intervene to get them decent furniture. Diamond News visit to the school, proved that there isn’t a single desk for use by the pupils whose only option is to sit on the bare floor during studies.

The lack of furniture isn’t only a challenge to the pupils as the teachers in the School are also facing a similar challenge. The School has Seven teachers with only three plastic chairs, “this sometimes push us to sit on our motor bikes when we have a full staffs present in School,” a teacher narrated under condition of anonymity.

Diamond News team also learnt that the situation of no furniture had forced many parents in the community not to allow their children to attend the School. Some teachers at the Asayili AME Zion Primary School who feared GES regulations; not to speak up, told Diamond News off tape that the school had been operating without furniture for over 6 years.

This is the challenge we are facing in this school and it seems nobody is paying attention by addressing our concerns despite the great men and women who come from this area and currently occupying influential positions across the country.”

Some community members sharing their frustrations said the situation is negatively affecting the performance of the pupils, and called on the government to intervene.

We are not happy about the current state of the School. The condition doesn’t match that of their peers who are attending schools in urban areas.  Yet, both are competing and shall be examined with the same marking scheme,” a community member lamented.

Another community member, Mahama Fuseini, said “A lot of people complain that if the pupils come to school, their uniforms get dirty on daily basis, because they sit on the bare floor for studies. We are appealing to the Tolon District Assembly and the government to provide us with furniture to enable our kids take their studies seriously like their colleagues in cities,” he appealed.  

Asayili AME Zion primary school has over 150 students.

The School, established in the early 2000s has not seen any serious renovation with its windows and doors almost broken.

Story by Alhassan Yakubu

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