July 20, 2024
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Akosombo Dam Spillage: 14,704 Pupils Not In School In North Tongu

The Akosombo dam spillage has properties destroyed, homes flooded, and businesses and livelihoods stalled, but these are not the only challenges in the affected areas.

Education has also not been spared. Many children in the affected districts of the Volta Region are not going to school soon because school blocks have been submerged in the flood.

In the epic centre, North Tongu, the education directorate mentioned that a total of 14,704 pupils cannot have access to education until the situation is controlled.

Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum visited the district on Tuesday (24 October) where he met with the district education directorate.

Selorm Dela Kpongor, Ghana Education Service’s acting head of planning in the North Tongu district told the minister that some 7,431 male pupils and 7,273 female pupils are not in school.

“In total, 14,704 so far those are the total number of school pupils that are affected,” Selorm told the minister.

He explained that a total of 48 basic schools (primary and Junior High Schools) and one Senior High School, St. Kizito SHS are affected.

Mordzifa Cephas Agor is a member of the Parents and Teachers Association (PTA), in Mepe, he said some teachers who were in school before the disaster strike could not protect their materials hence they lost them to the flood.

“Some of the teachers here (basic school teachers) are wearing borrowed items, the things they wear were the things they collected from benevolent people.”

“When you come to the second circle teachers because they were not on campus, they were on vacation so they were not able to retrieve their things (teaching and learning materials)” he added.

On his part, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum assured the teachers of the government’s effort to make sure that things return to normalcy.

He promised the teachers’ union in the district 200 bags of rice and life jackets.

However, numerous entities and individuals are visiting the community day and night to give relief items. The items are mostly donated through the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa.

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