The Headmistress of Gwiraman Senior High Gwiraman Mrs Ernestina Kankam has indicated that the lack of accommodation for both staff and students remained one of the biggest challenges confronting the school.
The school is one of the community day secondary schools commissioned by the former President, Mr John Dramani Mahama, but the school has did not have a single accommodation for any member of staff as well as students.
She pointed out that many students and staff came from the length and breadth of the country and have no homes in the community, the school had been compelled to rent accommodation in places that were most inconvenient and unsuitable.
The headmistress enumerated the challenges at the maiden Speech and Prize Giving Day of the school on the theme: “The Role of Stakeholders in Promoting Academic Excellence in Developing Schools”.
The school has a population of about 918 students and 60 teaching staff.
The maiden speech day attracted high profile dignitaries including Member of Parliament for the area, Catherine Afeku, Deputy Western Regional Minister, Gifty Eugenia Kusi as well as the Board Chairman of the school, Mr J.C Quansah.
The colourful event featured displays from the School’s Cadet Corps, the cultural and the drama troupe and the school choir.
The event, which was held at the school’s premises, saw some students receiving honours for their brilliant academic performance for the year.
Mrs Kankam indicated that the school needed a generating plant and solar systems to support the national electricity since there were too many electricity glitches, which stifle smooth administrative operations.
The Home Economics Department of the school needed furniture, two deep freezers, two big fridges, 10 cookers with ovens, cooking utensils, sinks, working tables and stools among others.
The Member of Parliament for the area, Mrs Catherine Afeku charged all stakeholders of the school to do their best and help make it an elite senior high schools in the country.
“Government is committed to laying a strong foundation for our children, and as part of the free SHS policy we are sure that quality education won’t be sacrificed”, she added.
She continued “I will encourage parents to take advantage of the Free SHS policy introduced by the government to enrol their children into Senior High Schools”.