As the government’s free Senior High School policy is about to be rolled out in September, this year, with expectation of enrolling qualified students into the nation’s second cycle institutions, one major factor which helps with implementation of the programme is infrastructure.
Meanwhile, there are several structures ranging from classroom blocks to dormitory blocks that were started by the preceding governments, but had been abandoned in several Senior High School (SHS) at various stages of completion across the country.
One of these abandoned projects is an administration and classroom block project at the Beposo Senior High School at Beposo in the Bosomtwe District in the Ashanti Region.
The project, which was started by Mr. Simon Osei–Mensah, the Ashanti Regional Minister, a former Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, in collaboration with Bosomtwe Assembly, has completely come to a standstill after 60 percent of work done.
Mr. Charles Dwumah, the assistant headmaster of the school, gave the hint in an interview with this paper at his office, saying that “it was a disturbing one because its uses within the policy to ensure that we create the necessary enabling environment where teachers could deliver their best, where learners could also learn at their best. But looking at the nature of the structure here you could see whether the spirit of teachers is high to deliver, teachers could see such a community and accept posting to come and stay here and work.”
According to Mr. Dwumah, physical developmental projects like dining hall, girls’ dormitory and three-classroom block, which are on-going were all done by the Parent and Teacher Association (PTA), together with the school.
Through community initiative, a six-unit classroom block had been built with support of the Bosomtwe District Assembly.
“Seriously, it has effects on the quality that we want to make available here. The quality of learning and the teaching and the quality of the learning environment they all suffer,” Mr. Dwumah, noted with concern.
He said lack of infrastructure does not only affect quality of teaching and learning but also long term psychological effects on both teachers as students.
“This explains why the school has small enrollment figures with an enrolment of over 250 students, mostly from nearby settler or farming communities,” he said, adding that the school is one of the deprived.
He touted the good works of the Parent and Teachers Association (PTA) and the community for the good work they are doing in the school.
He also enumerated some of the teething problems facing the school as encroachment of school land, bad roads and drainage system and lack of a bus.
He therefore called on the government, well-wishers and corporate bodies to come to their aid.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Nsiah Yeboah, Kumasi