The Headmaster of Kwabre Senior High School in the Nkoranza municipality of the Brong Ahanfo region, Sam Otchere, has revealed that the school is under severe incessant tension by the landlord to leave the place over nonpayment of GH5,000.00 rents.
According to him, the landlord has issued threats in his attempts to forcefully expel the school if it failed to pay.
Kwabre Senior High School was established in 2007 as a community based secondary school and later absorbed into a government secondary in 2011. The school started with about 30 students but witnessed a significant buildup of 600 students’ population currently.
The school has scored 100 percent for four consecutive times in the Senior High School Flagship Examination, the West African Senior Certificate Examination and has topped some ‘big’ schools in the region.
The about 9-plot of land was given to the school on condition of monthly payments to the owners. Checked notes revealed that the school has since adhered to the agreement until this current financial challenges.
Aside the threats, the headmaster said the landlord engages staff in unhealthy confrontations which he lamented bitterly.
He passionately appealed to government to as a matter of urgency provide the school with a pick-up vehicle and Genset to ensure convenient movement of staffs and to also manage the steady energy crisis prevailing in the country at the moment.
Mr. Otchere described the landlord’s action as “worrying” and “disturbing”.
He added that the school is also currently reeling under series of challenges and difficulties including accommodation for teachers and students.
However, among the measures for a permanent solution, the Member of Parliament for Nkoranza South and a Deputy Local Government Minister, Hon. Emmanuel Kwadwo Agyekum, in collaboration with the Education Ministry is constructing a GH40,000 unit ultra-modern facility for the school on a new vast land.
Among the project is a 12-classroom storey-building facility, a dormitory facility, staff bungalows, toilet facility and a science lab.
Sadly, in the midst of the fierce hostility and intimating posture of the landlord to vacate the school from its current campus, some contractors on site are still struggling to meet deadlines.
The writer gathers that some of the contractors might not be able to complete their projects soon if officials did not instruct an intervention, which means, masters would still have to endure the embarrassment and pain of begging the landlord anytime he storms to demand for his rent.
It was also discovered that some of the contractors are already doing double contracts which is why they can’t speed up the work and delaying the project. While some contractors have completed and handed over their projects, the pace at which others are working is nothing to write home about.
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