Acherensua SHS Appeals For Toilets And Sanitary Facilities

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Acherensua Senior High School
Acherensua Senior High School

Mr John Yeboah, the Headmaster of the Acherensua Senior High School (ACHISCO) in the Asutifi South District of the Ahafo Region has appealed to stakeholders for toilets and sanitary facilities to improve hygiene and sanitation in the school.

He said the two facilities for boys and girls when constructed could cater for only 600 students, and there was pressure on the facilities because the school’s student population had increased to about 3,000.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Acherensua, Mr Yeboah said majority of the students were not using the toilets because of their deplorable nature and associated unhygienic conditions.

He further enumerated a few challenges, including inadequate classroom blocks, standard computer and science laboratories confronting the school, saying all the computers in the school had broken down and therefore impeding effective teaching and learning of ICT.

Mr Yeboah said the school required a 12-unit classroom block, furniture and desks, as well as a bus, indicating that a science resource bus donated to the school in 1997 had been grounded.

He said the school had to be fenced to enhance discipline and control boarding students from escaping to town at night, as well as ward-off stray animals and enhance security.

That notwithstanding, Mr Yeboah said the academic performance of students in the West Africa Senior High School Certificate Examination (WASHSCE) had improved for some time now due to the hard work of the teachers and strict supervision, saying the school scored about 97 per cent in last year’s (WASHSCE).

He commended the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) and the Old Students’ Association for their support, indicating that the association recently rehabilitated the school’s chemistry laboratory and was currently renovating the biology laboratory as well.

Mr Yeboah said the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) was also supportive and lauded the cordial relations between the Association and Management.

In a related interview, Mrs. Lucy Ama Ankrah, the Ahafo Regional Director of Education also expressed concern about inadequate educational infrastructure in many of the SHSs in the region.

She told the GNA that the region had 16-government assisted SHSs, including two technical schools, saying only the Hwidiem and Ahafoman SHSs had benefited from the distribution of the government’s school bus.

Mrs. Ankrah said as the government eradicated the double track system, many of the schools in the region required classroom blocks, science and computer laboratories and assembly halls.

She said the Regional Directorate of Education needed pickup vehicles and motorbikes to embark on outreach programmes for intensified monitoring and supervision exercise.

Mrs. Ankrah indicated the Ghana Education Service (GES) back-to-school campaign in the region had achieved some successes.

Mrs. Ankrah attributed the success partly to parents’ support to the campaign coupled with the contribution of a USAID education project in the area and commended the region’s District and Municipal Directors of Education for their support and commitment to duty.

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