Life Of A Pupil In The Rural Community
Rural communities cover a greater portion in the country and this article will disclose to you what a rural pupils (school going age) go through.
It is also these areas that face seemingly intractable socio-economic challenges. Development in such areas are nothing to write home about; inadequate water supply, housing facilities, health, no /limited electricity coverage, school structures, bad road and so on.
On the other side, the rural schools face certain educational challenges eg: inadequate books, classrooms buildings, teaching and learning materials, furniture and the rest. Primary and junior secondary school education is tuition-free and mandatory. The Government of Ghana support for basic education is unequivocal. Article 39 of the Constitution mandates the major tenets of the free, compulsory, universal basic education (FCUBE) initiative. Launched in 1996, it is one of the most ambitious pre -tertiary education programs in Africa.
A pupil is a child who attends school from the 1st grade to the 6th grade. The life of a pupil in the rural area is far different from that of the urban pupil.
A pupil in the rural community is expected to go through the same educational system like that of the urban. A pupil wakes up at 5:30am and walks a mile to fetch water from a river, washes the cooking utensils, sweep the compound and in some cases, a child would be made to sell food items before getting money in the morning for school. I am very aware that this doesn’t happen to any child in the urban. And that makes a huge difference.
However by 7am in our school system, a child is suppose to be at school to tidy up the classroom and the compound for the days learning activities. At 7:30 a bell is tolled for “roll call” , this is to identify those who have reported to school early and those who will come to school late, so what does a girl who goes through all “these morning chores” do when he / she gets to school after 7:30am?
The sad news is that some pupils do not eat before going to school. How can they absorb what is taught? The popular saying, “you cannot teach a pupil with an empty stomach”, you are doing a zero work.
The issue with pupils in the rural is inability to learn on their own, they always want to be reminded or pushed by their teachers to study. The parents on the order hand neglect the educational needs of their wards; this is because they do not know the importance in educating the wards.
Pupils spend 8 hours with the teacher in school, the rest of the day is spent at home with their parents but the question is what do they do with the rest of the day?
Reasons Why Pupils Absent Themselves From School
- Farming right after school. Some parents visit the teacher early in the morning to ask permission to send their children to the farm·
- Stone quarry. This is one of the occupations of the rural people. So right after school, the children are sent to the site to work.
- Selling food items. This can be food items from their farm among others in the morning before school.
So what time does a child has to read through what was taught at school. The child does all these and return home so tired and cannot look into his book. If parents would be sensitized on what to do to help their wards, it will bring about great development as well as create opportunities in the lives of their wards. I can attest to the fact that there are brilliant and clever pupils in these areas but because of the neglect by their parents, they fall back.
What do you suggest should be done in order to help such children and also the parents?
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