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Asinesi Primary School has only one Teacher

Asinesi is a neglected farming community which is located about 9.8 Kilometers away from Somanya, the Municipal capital of Yilo-Krobo.

Asinesi is surrounded by three communities Awuzamlem, Monu, and Nyewer. The total population of the community is estimated to about 1,000 people.

 

The community has a school. It is a dilapidated structure which provides classroom for Kindergarten to class three pupils. This school serves Asinesi and all its surrounding villages.

The only educational infrastructure has only one teacher. One untrained teacher who was posted there by the Youth Employment Authority in October 2016. The teacher, Bright Yevusanah, also doubles as the Head teacher of the school. He teaches all the classes and sometimes combines the classes in one class to teach them.

 

 

The plight of pupils

Pupils in the school have no tables and chairs to learn on. Fortunately for them, they borrow benches of a local church in the area and use them as desks.

At class three, the children who want to continue with their education have to walk daily to Somanya to access education. From Asinesi to Somanya is roughly two hours walk. So the children walk 4 hours (in and out) daily to access education, their basic fundamental human right.

The situation discourages many pupils from schooling. School dropout rates and teenage pregnancy is consequently on the ascendancy in Asinesi.

 

The teacher

Bright Yevusanah, the only teacher at Asinesi who also doubles as the Headteacher told Kloma Hengme, the Krobo Advocacy and Heritage association, that he was posted to the school in October 2016 by the Youth Employment Authority (Y.E.A).

He said since he was posted, he has never been paid his salary by government. He said he survives on food stuffs given to him by the village folks.

Bright Yevusanah further told Kloma Hengme that he doesn’t stay in Asinesi.  He walks daily from Asitey, a suburb of Odumase-Krobo, to school every day.

”I trek 9.6 kilometers to school and back every day as I stay at Asitey. Two of my colleagues posted here had stopped due to the harsh conditions.”

”The school has no Teaching and Learning Materials so I have to use my own textbooks to teach in addition to a Science textbook I have received from the Yilo-Krobo Educational office”, he further stated.

 

The assembly member of the area

Hon Isaac Amanor, the assembly member of the area said had it not been the generosity and friendliness they as residents of Asinesi exhibit to the teacher, he would have also stopped teaching by now like his colleagues. Our situation is indeed sorrowful. What at all have we done to government for this kind of neglect”, he lamented.

 

 

 

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