The revelation that 90% of basic school pupils in Ghana cannot read and understand is not a fuss but a reality.
A survey conducted by Citi News in the Tamale Metropolis has uncovered that some Junior High School students cannot read.
The only few particularly in JHS 1 who can somehow read lacked comprehension.
The situation is widespread in the Northern Region where the falling standard of education has hit the highest point.
Overcrowding, poor infrastructure, inadequate teaching and learning materials and lack of parental care are some of the causative factors.
At the Kukuo A.M.E Zion JHS, teachers are compelled to teach overcrowded students in some dilapidated wooden structures.
Each classroom accommodates 70 students and above making it difficult for the teachers to pay attention to each student needs.
It is extremely difficult for the students to concentrate from 10 am to 1pm because of the hot weather.
Some of them end up soaking their exercise books with uncontrollable sweat in an effort to copy notes on the blackboard.
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By: Abdul Karim Naatogmah/Citifmonline.com/Ghana