Akpeteshie And Chop Bars Being Run At Basic School

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Goats, And Other Activities Create Nuisance To Learning.

From Samuel Mensah Torbizo,Kumasi

The academic progress of over 2,000 pupil at the Kronum Metropolitan Authority (M/A) Basic School, within the nostril of the Suame Constituency, where the Minority Leader of Parliament, Mr. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, represents the people as their legislature, would be in the balance, if no immediate steps are taken by Concerned Authorities, to salvage the school from its present predicaments.

The school, which is the only public basic school in the Kronum area and serves the academic needs of children from, Abuhia , Kyerase, Kyekyere ,Bremang New York and Kwapra, has its academic works put under serious threat by the activities of apketeshie and chop bar operators, within its precinct, a development which runs counter to effective academic exercises.

Right inside the school’s premises is the akpeteshie bar, located just a metre away from where food under the School Feeding Programme (SFP) is prepared for the children.

Also adjacent to the apkpeteshie bar is an erected wooden structure for chop bar operation, where food ranging from fufu, banku,emotuo and kenkey are sold.

The two bars are continuously patronized by indigents of the town any time they wanted to satisfy their hunger, at the expense of the school children.

Apart from these nuisances by the bar operators , goats and persons who use the school’s compound as their route to transact business at the Kronum market. They is also the incessant noises being made by Muslims who have built a dwarf masalachi, also within the school.

The Herald during its investigations, found out that the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) under the leadership of Mr. Samuel Sarpong, who is now the Central Regional Minister, in an attempt to save the situation through fencing, had rather compounded the problem by creating, as many as eight entrances to the school, which allow free flow of people, through the school every minute.

A source within the school told this paper that the eight gates, have made it difficult for the authorities of the school to instill the expected discipline, because most of the students escape through the gates.

The source explained that the main entrance directly faces the market and lorry station and when the children close, they struggled to come out.
The Herald was reliably informed that the school served as WAEC examination centre, during the just ended Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), but Officials of WAEC have warned to take away the centre, because of the disturbances they witnessed during the examinations.

The Head master o f the school, name withheld is said, to have received a number of threats of transfer any time he called for the removal of the unauthorized structures, in particular the akpeteshie and the chop bars from the precinct of the school.

The Herald publishes below pictures from the school to our cherished readers.

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