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Media Skewed Reports On Naamoansa Primary, JHS; They Don't Study On Bare Floor — Assemblyman

By News Desk
Media Skewed Reports On Naamoansa Primary, JHS; They Don't Study On Bare Floor — Assemblyman
LISTEN FEB 26, 2020

The Assemblyman of Naamoansa in the Builsa North Constituency of the Upper East Region, Akpitipulah Donaldson Sunday, has denied reports that the primary and junior high school pupils in the area study under trees and on the bare floor.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, 26 February 2020, Mr Sunday said: “We the people find it very intriguing and mindboggling that the reporter, having interviewed the two headteachers who preside over the administrative and academic affairs of both the primary and junior high schools and the chief of the community, failed to capture the testimonies of the two headmasters but rather chose to capture the testimony of the chief who happened to be a brother to the Hon MP in an exaggerated manner to score political points.

“Secondly, the reporter told naked lies when he reported that students of both primary and JHS in the community study under trees and learn on the bare floor. No student, either at the primary or JHS level, studies under trees. It is not also true that the classroom block which they currently use for classes has no roofing, doors and windows.

“What is rather the challenge at the moment is that, there is inadequate furniture, which, admittedly, is not peculiar to our community school only but district-wide if not country-wide. The MP is currently helping eight communities in the constituency to put up a self-help three-classroom blocks to help ease the overcrowding of students.

“Furthermore, it is common knowledge that, due to the restructuring of the basic school curriculum, schools all over the country have not been given textbooks by the government and that what has been given to them is the syllabus.

“With regard to portable water, the reporter, again spewed falsehood when he reported that pupils had no access to potable water. On the contrary, both the primary and JHS are closer to three boreholes drilled at different locations within that enclave. In order to ascertain the truth, we will entreat you to come down to Naamoansa and see for yourself or better still contact the BNI for the district.”

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