02.04.2008 Education

Rains Disrupt Exam

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By Daily Graphic

Final-year students of the Christian Methodist Senior High School who were writing their West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) Visual Arts Textiles practicals and Home Economics theory papers on Monday morning were disrupted when their classrooms and the school's compound got flooded by the down pour that hit parts of Accra.

As a result, only two out of the five students expected to do the Visual Arts Textiles practicals were able to finish their work, while the Home Economics students had to wait till after the rains before they could finish their theory exam (which involved selection of their menu for their practicals today).

Also affected were second-year students who were writing their terminal examination and the offices of both the Assistant Headmaster, Academic and Administration.

Fearing for their lives, most of the students left the school for their homes while it was raining heavily.

When the Junior Graphic got to the school around 4p.m., signs of the flooding were still evident. Some of the classrooms were filled with water while other places where the water had receded were muddy.

The few students the news team found in the school were studying while some of their teachers put things together at the staff common room.

In chat, the Senior School Prefect, Master Christopher Molley, said about 15 minutes after it started raining, their classrooms and school compound became flooded so they had to stand on their tables in order not to get wet.

"We removed our shoes and walked gingerly on the tables so as to be able to leave the flooded classrooms.

He said "this is not the first time the school has encountered such a problem. Last year, final-year students who were writing WASSCE were also disrupted by the rains and had to pack up and go to the Accra Technical Training College to continue with the paper."

"We encounter this problem every year so we get worried anytime the rainy season starts or whenever we realise a change in the weather".

It is his greatest wish that the government would relocate the rest of the school to its new site at Aplaku.

The Assistant Headmaster (Academic) of the school, Mr Seth William Apedo, appealed to the government to hasten the construction of the new school block at Aplaku.

Form One students had been sent there but since construction work there had not been completed, the rest of the school continued their lessons at the old site near the Kwame Nkrumah Circle.

Story by Augustina Tawiah

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