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Kwanyako High School Students study under canopies
From: Ghana | Daily Graphic          Published On: February 6, 2013, 05:40 GMT
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The Agona Kwanyako Senior High Technical School (KWASTECH) in the Agona East District in the Central Region currently needs additional classroom blocks to accommodate students in the school.

The school is currently bedeviled with the problem of accommodating about 425 form one and two students. About 60 per cent of students in form one are in makeshift structures and an uncompleted girls' dormitory.

The school has also mounted two canopies as a temporary classroom for form one General Arts students while the rest of the students use the school's dining hall as a classroom.

The situation in the school is not academic-friendly, since a lot of instructional hours are lost due to the break in academic work.

This came to light when a team of journalists visited the school last Monday to assess the situation on the ground.

When the team got to the school around 11:30 a.m., the situation was no different as forms three and four students who had started their mock examinations were seen taking their examinations under trees due to the unavailability of classrooms.

In addition, the female boarders are in rented premises and one wonders how the dormitories which are located in the midst of private residences would help maintain discipline among the students. A GETFund-funded girls dormitory is yet to be completed while another one has been abandoned by the contractor at the foundation level for the past two years.

The Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) of the school has constructed a boys' dormitory and the government, with funds from GETFund, is constructing a two-storey boys'dormitory in addition.

The school does not have adequate staff bungalows for the teachers and that has compelled most of the teachers to stay at Swedru and commute to school every day.

A teacher in the school said classrooms that should accommodate 40 students were being occupied by about 50 to 60 students and added that there was congestion in most of the classrooms, which is really affecting teaching and learning.

According to him, due to the infrastructure challenges, two classes that had their lessons in the school's science laboratory, which is currently under construction, had to be moved to an uncompleted girls' dormitory.

He mentioned that the school needed an assembly hall, as well as a library, to enable the students to cultivate the habit of reading.

A form one student said learning under canopies was very difficult for them to bear, since they were always distracted by passers-by.

He stressed that anytime it rained, classes had to be suspended for them to take refuge elsewhere for lessons to continue later.

He noted that there was a day that some of them escaped injury when the canopy under which they were studying collapsed due to a heavy wind.

He, therefore, made a passionate appeal to the government to provide the school with adequate classroom blocks and boarding facilities to enhance academic work.

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