Regional News of Tuesday, 29 July 2014
The Headmaster of Aduman Senior High School (SHS) in the Afigya-Kwabre District, Mr Kwasi Adu-Gyamfi, has appealed to the government to take urgent steps to complete structures abandoned in the school for the past eight years.
An 18-unit classroom block and a dormitory started in 2006, has been left to rot, while the school struggles for space for academic work and lodging for students.
The projects are being funded through the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GET-Fund). Mr Adu-Gyamfi said there are no signs that construction works would re-start anytime soon, and finds the situation deeply worrying.
He told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the existing classroom structures built decades ago were inadequate, and that, they had become weak and leaking badly.
Reporters of the nation’s wire service had visited the school under the STAR-Ghana sponsored media auditing and tracking of development projects, an initiative launched to put a spotlight on how government’s resources were helping to improve the quality of life of the people, particularly the rural population.
The goal is to aid transparency, promote accountability and good governance. The school, which was first established as a teacher training college and later converted to a Senior High School, now has a student population of 3,000. Mr Adu-Gyamfi said there was enormous pressure on its academic facilities making things pretty difficult for them.
From internally-generated funds, they have been able to put up a three-storey block to house nearly 500 students but the school still faces serious congestion. He said the completion of the GET-Fund projects would bring some reprieve to the school.
Mr Ad-Gyamfi also complained about the slow pace of work on an assembly hall project, being financed by the district assembly and called for the construction of a staff bungalow to end the present system where its’ over 230 teachers daily travel to work from Kumasi.
What makes this even more troubling is the fact the nine kilometre road linking the school to the Kumasi-Techiman Highway is in such bad shape, and that, most commercial transport drivers would not put their vehicles on it.