Twenty students escape death following Zamboree school building collapse

Twenty students from Zamboree D/A Basic School in the Central Region’s Assin North District narrowly avoided death on Monday when their school building collapsed during a downpour. The horrific event happened to the students in the farming village during class at around 0900 hours. The mud-built, wood-supported building hung loosely, leaving the kids vulnerable to the unpredictable weather. Opinion leaders in the town and its environs have long sought assistance from the government, but to no success.

Twenty students escape death following Zamboree school building collapse

The Chairman of the School Management Committee (SMC), Mr. Jacob Tetteh Agbeko, said the Ghana News Agency that the only students impacted were those in Classes Two and Three. He claimed that years of neglect had left the building in a condition of disrepair, and the arrival of rain had made matters worse by causing further fissures to open up and weaken the structure.

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The SMC Chairman stated that as a result, the building collapsed instantly after the professors gave the students the order to abandon their classes due to the windstorm’s potential for hazard, trapping their books and luggage. Currently, different classes are being mixed in order to accommodate the students that are impacted. As a result, he demanded that the government, the District Assembly, and corporate Ghana provide the institution with immediate help. In 2013, a group of parents and students petitioned the government to finish a six-unit school block that had been left unfinished. They added that because the abandoned building has been allowed to decay in the undergrowth, reptiles and other creepy-crawly creatures have taken up residence there, putting the students in peril.

Twenty students escape death following Zamboree school building collapse

The National Disaster Management Organisation and the District Assembly had been notified, according to the area’s assemblyman, Mr. Thomas Yogarim, and they were awaiting evaluation and support.

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