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Poor learning conditions


The Ministry of Education suggests that as of 2021 the learning conditions in some parts of Ghana were very deplorable. About 50 percent (596,949) KG pupils did not have seats. Similarly, 40 percent (1,308,479) primary pupils and 30 percent (425,465) JHS pupils did not have seating and writing places. In all it brings the total to 2,330,893, representing 40 percent of basic school pupils.

Students learning on the floor

Learning conditions in the classrooms were deplorable. It was from a range of children sitting on the cracked cemented floor to take lessons. The lack of tables and chairs in the classrooms. The situation according to the management is affecting quality teaching and learning in the primary schools.

In Ghana there is a desk shortage of 40 percent in some parts of the country. Regions in the of Ghana; Savannah, Northern, North-East, Upper West, Upper East, Bono East, and Oti respectively. These regions have experienced ratios surpassing the national average. The Gushegu Municipality, situated in the Northern Region, is severely affected, experiencing over sixty percent.

In primary schools, children are forced to share dual desks in groups of four. Many others are resorting to sitting on the floor or lying on their bellies to participate in lessons. The situation worsens at the Junior High level. Additionally, some JHS students are made to stand and have their lessons. Others also lay on their bellies to have their lessons as others use stones as seats.

Teachers express frustration, emphasizing that this predicament is hindering academic progress. Mahama Hafiz, Head teacher Maazijung M/A primary said “My school has over 768 children from KG to primary six. HoweIt is rather unfortunate but our furniture is only 40 in number. The few in use are all broken and so, majority of the children sit on the floor”.

Education has always proven to be a very important tool for development in any country. In Ghana, however, although the government has taken steps to ensure the realizations of quality education, there is still a lot of work to be done as the Ghanaian educational sector is facing several challenges, especially in rural areas. Lack of adequate furniture in the classrooms is causing the poor state og learning conditions in Ghana.

By; Maame Esi Kesewaa

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