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Regional News of Friday, 5 March 2010

Source: GNA

Mawuli School to put up pavilions for four year programme

Ho, March .05, GNA - The authorities of Mawuli School in Ho are considering the construction of classroom pavilions in anticipation of the challenges posed by fresh admissions this September.

Mr John Mawusi Kwami Osei-Nyansah, Headmaster of the School, in an interview with the GNA said the School was making arrangements with the Parents Teachers' Association to put up the pavilions as a stop gap measure. He said admissions for year next academic year would place emphasis on day students, if by September the government was unable to construct structures for the fourth year SHS programme.

Mr Osei-Nyansah said at the moment, the boarding facilities at the School were overstretched and could not accommodate any more students. The Headmistresses of Mawuko Girls and OLA Senior High Schools on the other hand did not outline any contingency plans to cope with the challenge. They were hopeful that government would be forthcoming with measures to take care of the situation, saying, they had presented their infrastructural needs to the education authorities.

Authorities of two private Senior High Schools in the municipality said they were making arrangements to put up some temporary structures to accommodate the fourth year of the Senior High School programme. Mr Gabriel S. Kploanyi, Volta Regional Director of Education said the situation would be a very challenging one to both government and the educational authorities at all levels and advised school heads to be innovative in addressing the challenge.

He said having gone round some Senior High Schools; it was evident that the schools needed more structures, to be able to cope with the challenge. Reverend Jerry Hansen Wedanu, a parent, whose child would be enrolled into SHS one in September, said the situation would be embarrassing if the schools were unable to offer admissions into the first year and asked authorities to act in time.

He said children from Junior High Schools were anxious to go to SHS and must be given every opportunity to do so even if it meant having to study under trees.

"It will be inexcusable to close the door to all qualified students." He said the current situation is no fault of students and their parents and must not be made to suffer the consequences Rev. Wedanu said the right to education is a fundamental one, which must not be compromised under any circumstances. 05, March 2010