Aishalton Secondary School students at severe disadvantage due to furniture shortage
emanating out of Aishalton Secondary School in Deep South Rupununi, Region Nine, revealed that the secondary school is suffering from a severe furniture shortage.
During a PTA meeting held on November 21, the Headmaster
Informed parents that on numerous occasions the issue was raised with Central Government and regional officials, but no attempt has been made to remedy the situation.
Numerous requisitions were sent to the Department of Education and the Regional Democratic Council also, but to no avail.
The matter seems to be kept in perpetual abeyance by officials, despite the urgency of the need for children to be comfortably accommodated in school to perform at their optimum capacity.
In light of the foregoing, the Headmaster was forced to seekt the support of parents for the supply of requisite furniture for their child/children attending the institution.
A recent study on Indigenous women and children 2017 by UNICEF highlighted the deficiencies in the quality of education for children in the hinterland, which are exacerbated by:
(1) Lack of qualified teachers and resources, such as text books and teaching/ learning aids and other relevant materials.
(2) Poor infrastructure at schools, among others.