Teachers and Pupils of Tokuroano R/C JHS construct own classroom blocks.

Teachers and Pupils of Tokuroano R/C JHS construct own classroom blocks.


Teachers and Students of St Paul Roman Catholic Junior High School (JHS) at Tokuroano in the Krachi East Municipality of the Oti Region, have begun the construction of a four-unit classroom block to enhance teaching and learning.

The construction of the mud structure is self-initiated by the pupils and staff of the School after failed requests to get a new classroom block for them.

Teaching and learning takes place under trees which create inconveniences for students especially during the raining season and even when sun shines.

A visit by ignewss.com, Solomon M-Ahiable, saw the students using sun-baked bricks of mud to construct the structure for themselves.

Mr. Humphrey Agah, Headteacher of the School noted that, the school is going through infrastructure challenges about eleven (11) years now.

He said, after Constructing some self structures for the pupils, a heavy rain brought the structure down about some two to three years ago during the second term.

According him, many attempts to appeal to the Municipal chief executive, authorities and the government to support the school failed.

This situation has compelled the teachers and students to initiate the Construction of the four units mud classroom blocks .

The headmaster said, the new classroom block would not only provide comfort when completed but also provide a conducive atmosphere for effective teaching and learning and more importantly enable students keep their chairs in the classroom instead of carrying them home on daily basis.

He further described the situation where pupils have to carry chairs from their various homes to the school and carry them back after close of school very worrying and frustrating.

“At times, animals defecates in the classroom making it very inconducive for teaching and learning. Currently all the books and learning materials are kept in the headmaster’s home occupying lot of spaces and making academic work difficult for the headmaster.” He lamented.
He said education is key to the development of any society, contributing to the building of individual capacity physically, emotionally and intellectually but educational facilities and situation in St Paul Roman Catholic Junior High School (JHS) at Tokuroano in very bad.

Mr Agah appealed to non-governmental organisations, corporate entities, philanthropists home and abroad to come to their aid by putting up classroom, stores and other facilities that will enhance effective academic works.

Madam Cynthia Adzoda, a teacher in the school, said it had always been difficult to meet learning objectives for an academic year because classes were mostly interrupted by rainfall especially during the raining season.

She pleaded with the government for the provision of a befitting ICT laboratory, bungalows, office and toilet facilities to enhance effective academic works and performance.

Some of the students described the situation as worrying since classes often come to a close due to unfavourable weather conditions.

Some parents our reporter spoke to also appealed to Government and benevolent Organization to come to their aid.

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