Accommodation challenges facing the Klo-Agogo Senior High School (SHS) in the Upper Manya District has compelled the two assistant headmasters of the school to convert their two-bedroom bungalows into boys dormitories.
A total of 60 students are using the kitchen and the sitting room as their dormitories, with some of them sleeping on the floor.
The school has a population of 400 in the boarding house, made up of 220 females and 180 males.
A student who spoke to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on condition of anonymity said the situation was making it uncomfortable for them to concentrate on their studies.
The only bath house for the 180 boys is a dilapidated structure made with plywood that can take only eight students at a time, a situation that compels the students to form long queues in the mornings to have their bath before attending classes.
The situation of the girls is no different as the computer laboratory for the school had been converted into a girls dormitory annexe to cater for the increasing population of female students.
The situation has compelled the 1,000 students to devise means to study Information and Communications Technology (ICT), which is now a core subject in senior high schools.
What makes the situation more serious is the fact that the school compound is shared with some inhabitants of the town, who live very close to the school, with domestic animals roaming about on the campus.
Also, the students eat under a small erected canopy, with others using their classrooms or any convenient place to take their meals since the school has no dining hall.
The library is a small room that best qualifies to be a storeroom, as books compete with other materials packed there.
The students described the only bookshelf, which is neatly packed with books, as “irrelevant” to their subjects.
Speaking to the GNA, the headmaster of the school, Mr Osei Ampong, described the challenges facing the school as serious.
He said a 12-unit classroom block project which was to ameliorate their challenges had also been abandoned by the contractor.
The headmaster also decried the lack of support from the community and urged traditional authorities to assist the school to make it attractive for outsiders.
Mr Ampong said the school had challenges such as inadequate dormitory blocks, teachers’ bungalows and the unavailability of a school bus, as well as the lack of computers for the study of ICT.
He said the school was very confident that stakeholders such as the GETFund and the Parent- Teacher Association (PTA) would help provide the very urgent facilities needed for quality teaching and learning.
The headmaster passionately appealed to the government and stakeholders in the educational sector to help provide the school with adequate infrastructure and logistics.
This, according to him, will help students acquire the requisite knowledge to compete in the ever increasing sophisticated educational environment.
Mr Ampong reiterated that quality education involved the provision of adequate facilities, coupled with the right kind of atmosphere for studies.
He affirmed that this involved learners who were healthy, well — nourished and ready to participate in all academic activities.
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