‘Computerless’ ICT Lab Rotting Away at Akyem Oda

Around 2003, the erstwhile late Prof. Mills’ National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration commissioned what was described as “ultramodern” computer lab for the Wesley Methodist JHS of Akyem Oda in the Birim Central Municipality of the Eastern Region. Unfortunately, the building meant to be used for an ICT lab was built without a single computer or electricity access.

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When we paid a visit to the school last Friday, we realized that though the school authorities have managed to get electricity into the building, the building still had not a single computer compelling the ICT teacher of the school to teach ICT on the chalkboard. Recounting his ordeal to us, Mr. Bright Owusu Afriyie, the I.T teacher of the school expressed his frustration on how he has to teach the ICT on the chalkboard. “This is ICT, some aspects need to be practiced by the pupils, but how do we do that?” he quizzed.

On his part, Mr. Castro Asomadu Addai, the Assembly Member of the Community 2 electoral area said, when he raised the issue of the computer lab at an Assembly sitting, he was told that the contract for the building of the facility did not include purchasing of computers. He said he was “appalled by the fact that how on earth can a government build such an edifice without adding computers and still refer to it as computer lab”. He added that not relenting on his effort to get some computers for the lab, he has drawn the Municipal Coordinating Director to the school on countless occasions to have a look at the edifice and to help them but still to no avail. Fortunately, he made an appeal to the people in his area to go into the aid of the school for which some people in the area has helped him to purchase some two sets of computers which he donated to the school last Friday.

Receiving the computers, the headmaster of the school, Mr. Yaw Owusu Aduomi thanked the assembly man for the area but said two computers is woefully inadequate to serve a school of over 200 students and pleaded with the assembly and other philanthropists to go to the aid of the school.

Mr. Addai, the Assembly Member recountered other challenges facing the school which include constant invasion of the school by herds of cattle. He is therefore calling on the Municipal Education Directorate, the Municipal Assembly, the Methodist Education Unit and all other well-meaning Ghanaians to go into the aid of the school. “The cattle issue is really a challenge. I had to construct that metal gate to prevent taxi drivers from turning the school into a thorough fare but that isn’t enough to stop the cattle invasion.” He said.

 

By: Kwasi Frimpong, Akyem Oda

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