The Akatsi Senior High Technical School has denied admission to 200 qualified students for the academic year, owing to lack of the necessary infrastructure that would accommodate them.
The Headmaster of the School, Mr. A. G. Ladzekpo, who made this known to newsmen at Akatsi explained that, his administration at the moment had no alternative than to start using a 12 unit uncompleted classroom block started by the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) of the school and later taken over by the government under the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund).
Mr. Ladzekpo explained that even though the uncompleted classrooms pose a danger to the teachers and students because there are boards hanging on the walls, they have no option than to use it.
The frustrated headmaster further noted that the situation would become worse when the rains set in adding that classes would definitely be disrupted during the period.
This, he continued, would also affect quality teaching and learning.
Mr. Ladzekpo stressed that the school is the only technical institution in the Akatsi South District and many parents whose wards had completed their basic education would want the school to enroll them.
According to him, the school should have admitted more than the current student population of 1,570 but that did not happen because they do not have the facilities.
The Headmaster pointed out that the PTA of the school played a crucial role in the development of the school, without which the school would have been confronted with more problems.
The headmaster, however, appealed to the PTA to also look for Non-Governmental Organizations and philanthropists to help the school with additional infrastructure.
He said the situation where girls are housed in the school while the boys lived in rented hostel in town was affecting discipline because they spent more time at the hostel and report at evening studies late.
The Headmaster observed that government under the GETFund started building girls’ dormitory but the project had come to standstill for the past two years whilst the dining hall and kitchen project were still under construction.
Mr. Ladzekpo disclosed that the school had 81 teachers, but unfortunately only two have accommodation in the school and that, the rest live in rented premises in the Akatsi town.
Source : The Chronicle