The protracted dispute between the people of Alavanyo and Nkonya is seriously affecting enrollment into Senior High Schools with pupils preferring to stay away from the area.
One of the schools, Nkonya Senior High School currently has a student population of 332 out of which 88 are boarders even though the school has room for over 2000 students. This came to light during the Homecoming ceremony of the school over the weekend.
Headmistress of Nkonya Senior High School, Irene Sarku says parents should not be deterred from bringing their wards to the school because it is safe and no student of the school has ever been attacked or murdered in the age-old conflict.
Speaking to Radiogold905.com, Madam Irene Sarku, urged parents as well as the general public to bring their children to school since the school is safe and not part of the conflict area.
“The low enrollment in the school because of the conflicts which is affecting the school; the low enrollment makes it very difficult for the school to meet its utility bills. The situation is very worrying because the structures are there. We are appealing to parents to have confidence in the teachers and the school and bring their children. We can assure them of their safety,” she assured.
Alavanyo and Nkonya have been under a dusk-to-dawn curfew over a protracted land dispute spanning almost a century.
This conflict relates to the disagreement over ownership of land located between Alanvayo Kpeme and Nkonya Tayi. Initially the conflict was between just these two communities but recent clashes have brought in allies from the various traditional councils broadening the scope of the conflict.
Source: Osman Issah Abadoo || Radiogold905.com