Pupils of Anyako Evangelical Presbyterian (E.P) Basic School have appealed to the Ghana Education Service (GES), to as a matter of urgency, address the shortage of teachers at the school.
They said there was an acute shortage of teachers in the area and in their School in particular and was the main cause of high indiscipline and poor academic performance of pupils there.
The Girls’ Prefect, Miss Woelinam Akaba, made the appeal at the school’s Open Day, which coincided with the inauguration of a GH¢17, 300 Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centre.
The ICT centre was built by the Anaglate family in memory of the late Christopher K. Anaglate.
Miss Akaba said “very often we learn on our own because there are no teachers to teach a particular subject or even handle the class”.
She said this had affected the performance of the pupils and appealed to the GES to post teachers to the School to help save the situation.
The headteacher, Reverend Ferguson K. Acquah, in a speech read for him, lamented that, for the past two years, only two female teachers handle the primary school and “currently only one is at post as the other was on maternity leave”.
According to him, the Junior High School (JHS) also has only two trained teachers handling a total of 139 students.
Rev. Acquah said “but for the recruitment of five community teaching assistants and two national service personnel whose services would end in July, the JHS could have been in serious problem”.
The Keta Municipal Director of Education, Mr Edmund Doe Gbetodeme, described the situation as worrying and assured that something would be done soon.
The Volta Regional Manager of E.P Schools, Mr Ebenezer Dzikunu, advised the pupils to be disciplined and respectful, as well as cultivate the habit of learning on their own.