From Samuel MensahTorbizo, Kumasi
A startling piece of information gathered by The Herald from a cocoa growing community, Aprutu in the SefwiAkontombra District of the Western region, has revealed the invasion of swarm of bats at the premises of the Anglican Primary school in the town.
This according to some teachers of the school, has forced the Parents Teachers’ Association (PTA) and other stakeholders to indefinitely close down the school to avoid the pupils contracting any disease.
Academic activities for over four hundreds pupils, would be run from churches.
Teachers of the school, have also vowed not to go back into the classroom, until the bats are completely driven away from the environs of the school.
A teacher hinted ,“If the major stake holders of education fail to take immediate steps to find lasting solution to the problem, the academic process would be undermined”.
One of them who spoke to this reporter on condition of anonymity, disclosed that for the past six years, the bats have been invading the school and have now taken over all the class rooms and other parts of the school.
This he explained, has created offensive stench within the school as a result of their droppings.
“We are pleading to the concerned authorities to find a way of remedying the situation, because the bats are a hindrance to effective teaching and learning,” said.
The teacher pointed out that, this was second time in six years the invasion by the bats has occasioned the closure of the school. According to him, sometimes classes have to come to an abrupt end to pave a way for the upper primary pupils to wash the desks and teachers’ tables, but the situation has remained unchanged.
He placed the continuous harassment of the animals on the door steps of the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Mr. Herold Cobbina.
He explained that at the teething stage of the problem, they approached the MP to help seal all parts of the blocks, but he only directed them to furnish him with the estimated cost which they obliged, but till date nothing has been heard from. Mr. Cobbina..
The District Chief Executive (DCE) Peter Nkuah, on his part, led some personnel from the education directorate and the environmental health staff to assess the situation.
He told this paper via telephone conversation that a decision of closing all parts of the school blocks, as well as painting, has been taken.
He explained that apart from sealing and painting the blocks, it was also agreed to fumigate the school premises to prevent an outbreak of any infectious diseases the bats might contain.
The DCE, revealed that the engineers of the assembly, would go to the school to assess the cost of ceiling and painting the blocks. He disclosed that, the PTA and other stakeholders, have agreed with the local churches to use their chapels for classes, while works commence, which is expected to be completed within two weeks.
Information available at the time of filing the story revealed that, the engineer from the assembly went to the town to assess the cost.