The Nyankumasi Ahenkro Senior High School in the Assin South District, is battling infrastructural deficit and needs urgent government and stakeholders’ intervention to meet the demands of the school.
The school affectionately called the ‘Royals’, was established 38 years ago with 18 students.
Currently, the school has a population of about 1500 students, made up of 900 females and 600 males and a staff strength of 79 teachers and 33 non- teaching staff.
Mr Francis Amoako Mensah, the headmaster of the school, told the Ghana News Agency in an interview that the challenges included inadequate classrooms, student and staff accommodation and an assembly hall.
The rest are two stalled projects; a boys’ dormitory and a six-unit classroom block, inadequate computers for the ICT laboratory and insufficient water supply to the school.
Mr Mensah made an appeal to the contractor who is building a 12- unit classroom block which is near completion to speed up work to ease congestion to enhance effective teaching and learning.
The headmaster said students sometimes assemble under trees for meetings and in some cases use the limited space in the dining hall.
He said the school has two teachers’ bungalows that housed only two teachers, leaving the rest of the staff outside the school, thereby making enforcement of discipline a prime concern.
He explained that inadequate accommodation to house students had made them to reside in nearby communities to attend school.
The headmaster pointed out that the Parent/ Teacher Association was also doing its bid for the development of the school and called on Non-Governmental Organizations, philanthropists and old students to assist the school to grow.
He, however, applauded the Government for the numerous interventions such as the provision of a school bus to transport students as well as a GetFund projects in the school.
Mr Mensah hinted that despite the challenges, the school was performing well academically and in extra curricula activities.