“Education authorities are worried lack of infrastructure does not only affect quality of teaching and learning, but also its long-term psychological effects on both teachers and pupils.
“Seriously it has effects on the quality that we want to make available here. The quality of learning and the teaching and then the quality of the learning environment they all suffer.
“This explains why the school has small enrollment of about 2,000 students, mostly from nearby settler farming communities.
“The school is one of the deprived since it was established about 26 years ago.
The headmaster of Ejisu Senior High Technical, Mr. Joseph Mensah, made these known during an interview with The Republic about the free Senior High School (SHS) policy, its challenges and infrastructural development of the school.
According to the headmaster, the mixed school declared a vacancy of 463, but it was given 600.
“I don’t know how I’m going to manage that, because for the boys have only 200 beds in the dormitory. The boys , it’s okay because the boys I had 168, but they posted only 137 boys, even though the boys’ dormitory should be expanded but manageable, but for the girls, I don’t’ know how I’m going to manage it, since the girls’ dormitory was under construction.
Mr. Mensah told The Republic that the major challenge of Ejisu Senior High Technical School (ESHTS) with respect to free Senior High School SHS, is that ‘if only they will come and complete the conversion of the Assembly which was started long ago by the Ejisu Municipal Assembly and the girls’ dormitory, which are left with the ground and the doors and some electrical works.”
He added, “We have sent pictures and letters to Education Minister in Accra, and noting had been done.”
The headmaster further explained that the dining hall will be a major problem if the excess number given the school is not resolved, saying “This will result in students going in shifts to the dining hall used as classroom.”
“Aside from, the numbers and the lack of facilities, especially for the girl’s side and the dining hall, we are alright. As for the boys, we have more than enough to accommodate them.” Mr. Mensah said,
On the argument of the sustainability of the policy, which was rolled out by the Akufo-Addo led government in spite of the minor challenges, the headmaster said “I just pray that the government will find means of sustaining it.”
He appealed to the individuals, corporate institutions, the Municipal Assembly and the government to assist the school in terms of infrastructure development.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Nsiah Yeboah, Ejisu