The Adisadel Old Boys Association in North America (AOBA – NA) has expressed its strong support for the lower intake policy introduced by the school authorities.
A statement issued and signed by Leonard Wryter, Secretary to the North America Chapter of the Adisadel Old Boys Association,said “the school’s infrastructure was originally designed to support a student population of about 1,200 to 1,500”, hence the reason for supporting the move.
According to the statement, the increase in student population over the past years has put extra burden on the campus infrastructure, where classrooms and halls have been turned into student dormitories, “leading to a significant deterioration in the quality of these residential user facilities”.
The statement described the current conditions on the Adisadel College Campus as “unsafe, unsanitary and not conducive for academic work. Anyone who has seen pictures of the toilet facilities and other amenities in the school or had the opportunity to see them for themselves would agree that it is a travesty for us as a people to allow over 2,000 (two thousand) young boys to be crammed in such conditions”.
It said without an expansion in the current facilities, any large intake would put the student population over “the ideal range” and could lead to very dire conditions for the students and called on the authorities to maintain the current intake.
Below is the full statement:
AOBA-NA STATEMENT ON LOWER ADMISSION RATE AT ADISADEL COLLEGE
We, the members of Adisadel Old Boys Association in North America (AOBA-NA) would like to express our gratitude to the current headmaster Mr. Kusi-Yeboah and his team, for their leadership and resolve in complying with student admission requirements and to express our strong support of the decision to maintain the lower student intake number.
The school’s infrastructure was designed to support a student population of roughly 1,200-1,500 students. The increase in student population we observed over the last few years significantly over-burdened the campus infrastructure leading to use of classrooms and other campus halls as dormitories and a significant deterioration of other facilities (dormitories, bathrooms, etc.)
These conditions are unsafe, unsanitary and not conducive to academic work. Anyone who has seen pictures of the toilet facilities and other amenities in the school or had the opportunity to see them for themselves would agree that it is a travesty for us a people to allow over two thousand young boys to live in such conditions.
Without an expansion of the campus infrastructure, any increase in intake will put the student population over the ideal range and will lead to a return to the dire conditions outlined above.
With the factors above in mind, we believe the decision to maintain a lower admission rate as prudent and in the best interest of the students and institution, and frankly the least the school authorities can do to save our alma mater. We laud the boldness and leadership demonstrated by Mr. Kusi-Yeboah and the Board of Governors, and strongly endorse and support the initiative.
It is our hope and prayer that they will find a willing partner in the powers that be, as they seek to provide academic excellence to our future leaders in a safe and healthy environment.