The Nakor, Polee and Lanyiri basic schools in the Wa West District of the Upper West Region risk closure due to a broken bridge that has cut the communities off from towns where the teachers reside.
Mr Darzaa Nachinaa, the Dagaaba Chief of Nakor Community, expressed worry over the situation and said the teachers were unable to access the schools, all in the Tanina Electoral Area, during the rainy season.
“The teachers come and park their motorbikes here (at the river) and the children will then help them to cross, in order to get to the schools to teach, if not our school would have been closed down”.
Mr Nachinaa, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said several appeals to the authorities to fix the bridge had yielded no results and called on the Government, benevolent organizations and individuals to go to the aid of the communities to facilitate access to the schools for teaching and learning to continue.
He said the bridge linked the Polee, Bawa, Lanyiri and Nakor communities to Piisi and Wa, where some teachers resided.
Mr Nachinaa said the broken bridge had not only affected academic activities but the socio-economic lives of the people as they were unable to access the markets, health centers, and other social services at Piisi and Wa.
“This is the road that the tractor uses to our communities to plough, but during the peak of the rains, no tractor can come here. After harvesting how the product can get to the market is another challenge,” he said.
Hence the affected communities had taken the initiative to improvise a bridge with logs to enable them to cross the river, Mr Nachinaa said.
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