Pupils Swim To School At Borkokope


Photo Reporting: Pupils walking in flood waters to schoolPupils Swim To School At Borkokope

23 June 2014

DAILY GUIDE has gathered that a torrential rainfall that hit Borkokope and adjoining communities in the Shama District of the Western Region and flooded the area, did not only destroy property, but made it difficult for children in the area to attend school.



The paper learnt that the flooding was so devastating that the residents have called on the District Assembly to provide the communities with bigger culverts and storm drains to avert possible tragedy in the area.

The over three hours heavy rains saw most of the communities being submerged in the flood waters. Farmlands and routes leading to some of the schools in the area had completely been buried by the floods.

As a result, most pupils at the farming areas and the surrounding communities were unable to go to their respective schools.

School pupils who were mostly affected were those of the Borkokope Catholic Primary School.

The situation was so serious that most of the basic school children who were determined to go to school last Friday had to swim their way through the floods.

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RISKY! These school pupils are determined to go to school at all cost

Some of them were fortunate to be crammed into a canoe purportedly provided by a ‘Good Samaritan’ to ferry them to their schools.

Most parents in the farming communites could not risk sending their children to school under the circumstance.

DAILY GUIDE learnt that even though most of the teachers showed up in school on that rainy Friday, the children population reduced significantly.

Unconfirmed reports also indicated that the unfortunate situation compelled authorities of some of the schools in the communities to shut them down.

Meanwhile, some community members have suggested that the District Assembly should, as a matter of urgency, map out strategies to address the perennial problems.

They indicated that disaster loomed in the area, particularly for the pupils, in that, high currents could overpower the canoe ferrying the kids in the flood waters to school and that they could get drowned.

Attempts to get the District Chief Executive (DCE), Enock Kojo Appiah, to speak on the issue proved futile.

From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi

Source:Daily Guide



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