The Adidome Local Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) Mr. Stanley Jnr. Agbozo says, educational infrastructural challenge is a menace to objectivity and quality in Ghana Schools.
According to him, education is a fundamental human right and schools are the mediums for which this right is deepened. A school is habile of facilitating this right when adequate infrastructure are available; library, classrooms, laboratories and workshops, furniture and other teaching and learning materials.
Mr. Stanley Jnr. Agbozo said, on the contrary, across the length and breadth of this country, schools right are bedeviled with infrastructural challenges – a challenge that keeps making it difficult for the academic freedom of those who happen to attend these schools.
“Across the world, objectivity and quality form the nub of every educational sector. As much as governments over the years have been making some reforms in the educational sector, there’re still schools; both in rural and urban areas, where pupils learn under trees or in dilapidated classrooms and under other unnerve conditions. These problems that the schools face dire consequences on the safety, contact hours and intellect of the pupils: school buildings collapse and fall on pupils resulting in deaths and injuries.”
Moreover, the canker causes annual abysmal performance of pupils at the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE). Because education is a right that must not be compromised. It then becomes a tall order for us to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 “ensure inclusive and equitable, quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all” and its target 4 (a) “build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all” it is a constant denial of the educational rights of the Ghanaian child; What a pity that we do this to ourselves? We need a change of ensuring that every child goes to school – a school that government has provided with enough tables and chairs, well ventilated classrooms, standard sanitation facilities, well-furnished laboratories, library that have all the text books and supplementary reading materials, computer laboratories furnished with computers and their accessories, a safe environment, well motivated teachers and only then that we can boast to announce that we’re pursuing an objective and quality education in our beloved country Ghana.