Awutu Bontrase: lack of potable drinking water puts school children at risk

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Pupils of Saint Francis Anglican Basic School in the Awutu Senya West District of the Central Region risk their lives on daily basis in search of a potable drinking water.

The over 400 pupils have no access to potable drinking water on the school compound.

The two polytanks available have no drop in them due to the absence of the rains. The children now drink from a stagnant water in a dugout located close to the school.

Apart from the risk of water borne diseases, the danger of falling in the pits is also apparent.

The news team gathered that three pupils have already lost their lives to these pits in the community.

A teacher at the school, Kwadwo Antwi, told the news team that the situation is affecting teaching and learning. ‘Pupils have to break from classes in search of drinking water whenever they are thirsty’, he said.

According to him, three pupils in some schools in the community have also died in their attempt to fetch water from the pit.

He appealed to philanthropists and other well-wishers to help construct a well or a borehole to eliminate their suffering.

As at the time Atinka TV's community report team visited the school,  a seven-year-old girl was seen struggling to fetch water from the dugout near the school.

The situation in the community also causes truancy among the school children. They stay out of school to dig the water wells so they can sell the water to the community folks.

The full documentary will be aired on Sunday 27th January at 2:30pm on Atinka TV.

watch excerpt below:

Ghana | | Abubakar Sarpong