Seventy public basic school structures within the Accra metropolis are to be rehabilitated.
Majority of those schools would be re-roofed and walls erected, while others are to be pulled down completely for new structures to be put up.
Ten of the schools which are in very poor state, and pose a threat to the lives of the pupils, have been closed down.
The Director of the Accra Metro Education Office, Mrs Mary L. Quaye, who disclosed this, said the Avenor Primary School, the Amamomo Basic School at Timber Market, the James Town Methodist Basic School, the Nanka Bruce Basic School at Mamprobi and the AMA Zion School, have either been closed down or would have part of the school buildings pulled down.
She said closing down the schools became necessary after an inspection tour of basic schools in the metropolis to ascertain their condition.
According to her, some of the schools visited were either flooded or had very weak structures, which could be dangerous to the lives of the pupils.
Mrs Quaye said pupils in the schools which had been closed down were either sent to nearby schools or housed in provisional structures.
She said other schools that needed immediate attention included the Pigfarm Basic School, Independence Avenue Basic School and the Teshie Northern Cluster of Schools.
Mrs Quaye said that a report on the Avenor Primary School had been submitted to the metropolitan assembly “because that school needs immediate attention,” while another report on all the other schools was also being prepared.
With regard to the Pig Farm School, Mrs Quaye said apart from the need to construct a wall to protect the school and prevent intruders from interfering with the studies of pupils, its primary department had to be re-roofed and the JSS department pulled down for a new structure to be constructed altogether.
Mrs Quaye said the situation in some schools was not conducive for learning because of public interference during normal school hours.
She described the conditions of schools in the metropolis as sad, especially during the rainy season, when some of the schools got submerged or damaged by the rains.
Story by Severious Kale Dery