As government’s free Senior High School policy is about to be rolled out in September, this year, with the expectation of enrolling more qualified students into the nation’s second cycle institutions, one major factor which will help with implementation of the programme is infrastructure.
Meanwhile there are several structures ranging from classroom blocks to dormitory blocks that were started by the successive governments but have been abandoned in several senior high schools at various stages of completion across the country.
One of these abandoned projects is a girls’ dormitory project at the Konadu Yiadom Senior High School, Asamang, in the Sekyere South District in Ashanti Region.
The project, which started in 2008, has completely come to a standstill since 2013 with the contractor nowhere to be found after 60 percent of work done.
In an interaction with The Republic, headmaster of the school, Mr. Baba Idrisu Seidu, made a passionate appeal to the government to complete the project as a matter of urgency in order to enable incoming first year students to get a place to lay their head as far as the free SHS is concerned.
According to him, the school has used part of its Internally Generated Fund (IGF) to install some electrical fittings and doors on some of the rooms where some of the girls are housed due to the fact that the school is hard-pressed with accommodation.
Mr. Seidu, who is going on retirement this July, catalogued a number of successes the school has chalked during his tenure of office from 2015 till date.
These include creation of ICT center, science laboratory, staff common room, conscious efforts to increase enrolment in the school from about 800 to over 1,000 currently, additional classroom blocks to the existing ones, as well as tremendous improvement on academic performance, among other things.
The physical developments he undertook were all done with the schools IGF. Meanwhile the Parents Teachers Association (PTA), together with the school, haa initiated a dining hall project which is said to accommodate over 1,000 students upon completion.
The headmaster therefore called on all well-wishers and corporate bodies to come to their aid.
The Board Chairman of the school, Mr. Joseph Amponsah Minkah, touted the good works of the retiring headmaster, as he described him as a development-oriented person whose action-driven principle must be emulated by all.
He stressed the need for infrastructural development of the school.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Lawrence Kumah, Asamang