Maxwell Awumah, GNA
Dambai (V/R), March 9, GNA-Inadequate school infrastructure continue to be the albatross for effective teaching and learning at the Oti Senior High Technical School at Dambai in the Krachi East Municipal Assembly.
Mr Abraham Dey, Headmaster of the School disclosing this to the Ghana News Agency said there was stress on the current boarding, classroom facilities and the dininghall, which were mostly converted for other purposes.
He mentioned other challenges as; lack of staff residence as only two of such facilities were available as well as understaffing in the non-teaching segment and lack of means of transport for administrative businesses.
"Our classrooms are overpacked, there is no administrative block as offices are improvised and scattered on campus."
The School Head however said some construction works was on-going including; a girl's dormitory and a 12-unit classrom block funded by the Ghana Education Fund (GETFUND).
Mr Dey said a two-unit apartment being built by the School's Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) is nearing completion.
The Headmaster commended the Member of Parliament (MP) for Krachi East, Mr Michael Gyato, also Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, for his magnanimity in registering a total of 169 students for the WASSCE.
He praised the Municipal Assembly and the PTA for supporting the School with funds to procure 25 dininghall tables and 40 benches for use by students.
Mr Dey said ideally, an additional 18-unit classroom block would have stemmed the inadequacy of classroom space and expected a positive response from education actors.
He disclosed that the School was benefiting from a World Bank Secondary Education Improvement project aimed at restocking its library and work was progressing.
On performance, Mr Dey said "Its not the best but the future is bright," giving students current population at 870, half of whom are benefiting from the Free SHS.
Mr Stephen Kwaku Benyanase, Board Chair of the School appealed to stakeholders including governmental and non-governmental organisations to rise up to their aid.