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Regional News Thu, 31 Mar 2016

New Ningo school faces shut down

Authorities of the New Ningo D/A Junior High School (JHS) in the Ningo-Prampram District of the Greater Accra Region are considering the shutdown of the school due to fears that the roof could cave in on the pupils.

Currently, the roofs of two classrooms have collapsed completely.

Owing to the start of the rainy season, the school’s management believes the roof of the classrooms, which are in deplorable condition, could cave in on the pupils if they continue to use the facility.

Many parents, who are in a dilemma due to the imminent shut down of the school, have asked their children to assist them in fishing and farms.

The New Ningo D/A JHS started in the 1950s with a small population.

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The stand-alone middle school served the people of Old Ningo, Lakpleku and its surrounding villages in the Ningo Traditional Area.

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Since its inception, the school has not seen any major renovation, aside some refurbishment undertaken by the School Management Committee (SMC), PTA and philanthropists.

The chiefs and the people of the town donated a vast land for further development but since the school is not expanding the infrastructure, some people have encroached upon it.

Edmund Siaw Akugbey, Chairman of the School Management Committee, who spoke to DAILY GUIDE, explained that “since the school has not seen any renovation for many years, the roof began to cave in as far back as 2011 when this town was part of the old Dagme West District. As we speak now, two classrooms are not being used. Students of form one and two hold their classes held under trees.

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According to him, they were considering closing down the school since it would require a substantial amount of money to repair the roofs.

He pointed out that several letters written by the school authorities, SMC/PTA to the Ningo-Prampram District Assembly (NIPDA), which has the responsibility of fixing the defects in the school buildings, have yielded no positive results.

“Aside the numerous letters, efforts have been made to contact the DCE but all to no avail as various promises made by the DCE are yet to be fulfilled. We’re always concerned with the safety of pupils and staff first,” chairman of the SMC stated.

Source: dailyguideafrica.com