Mr Alex Tettey-Enyo, Minister of Education, at the weekend paid a surprised visit to some senior high schools in the Koforidua Municipality to ascertain how the authorities are coping with the admission of new students.
The schools visited included Ghana Senior High School (GHANASS), Koforidua-Ada Senior High School(KOSEC), Koforidua Secondary/ Technical Senior High School(SECTECH) and the Koforidua Islamic Senior High School.
At GHANASS, the Headmistress, Ms Rosemond Bampo informed the Minister that the 500 fresh students admitted were using part of the uncompleted 12- unit -classroom- block under construction.
She said the school dining hall, science laboratory and visitors waiting launch, have been converted into classrooms.
Ms Bampo said even if the block is completed, the school would need extra classrooms to be able to return to normalcy.
She appealed to the Ministry to help complete a dining hall extension project, started by the old students of the school.
At KOSEC, the Headmistress, Mrs Regina Appiah said the school had so far admitted 567 students, who have started classes at the ground floor of the uncompleted 12 unit- classroom –block being funded by the Ghana Education Trust Fund.
Mrs Appiah said the school has no boys boarding facility, compelling the school authorities to house the students in a rented facility.
She appealed for the construction of a dining hall for the school.
At SECTECH, the Headmaster, Mr John Kwame Bempong said the school admitted 600 students, who have started classes at the school’s dining hall, the science laboratory and the garages.
He said the Parents/Teachers Association of the school is funding the construction of a pavilion to be used as a three -classroom- block for the new students.
Mr Bempong said a toilet facility, which was abandoned about 20 years ago, had been renovated into a 12- seater water closet facility with urinary facilities for the students.
Mr Tettey-Enyo appealed to the Regional Co-ordinating Council (RCC) to encourage contractors who have the capacity to pre-finance the educational projects to take up contracts.
Mr Ahmed Baba-Jamal, Deputy Regional Minister said the RCC had met with contractors working on the school projects and many of them had expressed their determination to complete the projects on record time provided their certificates would be honoured on time.