Guests cutting the school anniversary cake
An Acute water shortage has hit the Presbyterian Senior High School at Mampong-Akuapem in the Eastern Region.
The situation has compelled over 2,644 students and teachers in the school to walk over one kilometer every day to fetch water from a nearby stream as Ghana Water Company Limited had not been supplying the area with water.
Rev. E.T. Akusaki, headmaster of Mampong Presec, revealed this during the school’s 25th Anniversary and 7th Speech and Prize Giving Day on the theme: “Infrastructure Development: Sine Qua Non To Quality Education,” last Saturday.
According to Rev. Akusaki, the situation does not only offer an opportunity for wayward students to run to town, but it also exposes students to a lot of dangers and robs them of the valuable time for academic work.
The headmaster noted that out of the five boreholes constructed in the school, only two were functioning, therefore if a dam was constructed on the stream, the water could be pumped to the school for use, adding that the school needs a reservoir to restore water to ensure sustainability.
Rev. Akusaki disclosed that the school lacks classroom and dormitory blocks, power generating plant, fence wall, among other infrastructure, and appealed to the government to come to their aid.
He also pointed to lack of vehicles, assembly and dining halls. Regarding these, he called on the government and cooperate institutions to come and build a multipurpose one-storey building with 3,000 capacity dining and assembly halls for the school.
Mr. Akusaki hinted that the Presbyterian Senior High School, which was established in 1991 in line with the 1987 Educational Reform Programme in the country, has produced numerous scholars across the country and beyond.
The chairman for the event, Nana Perbi Brafo, also expressed worry about the challenges confronting the school and personally donated an amount of GH¢20,000 to assist the school to undertake some of the projects.
The Eastern Regional Minister, Mavis Ama Frimpong, revealed that the government had decided to undertake some projects in the school which would soon start.
From Daniel Bampoe, Mampong