Mr Frank Owusu, the Headmaster of the Presbyterian Senior High School (SHS) at Small London near Akroso in the Birim Central Municipality of the Eastern Region, has appealed for support to help develop the school into a fully-fledged SHS.
He said the school, which used to be a basic school, currently lacks the requisite structures and needs the support of all stakeholders to be able to provide secondary education to the children in its catchment area.
Mr Owusu was speaking at a Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meeting at the school at Small London.
He said the development of the school is a collective responsibility and so efforts are being made to mobilize old pupils who have benefitted from the school to offer their support.
Mr Owusu appealed to the Ministry of Education to add the school to the beneficiaries of the 19.67 million dollar support for 150 education projects in 38 deprived communities in the country.
He said the school has a vast track of land for additional infrastructure and prayed government to act swiftly to help arrest the premature closure of the school and help sustain poor farmers’ children who gained admission into the school the opportunity to further their education.
Mr Owusu said the school also lacked a school bus and was not part of the school feeding programme which is one of the main components of the government free SHS programme.
He called on parents to serve as role models and inculcate high moral values in their children.
Mr Owusu called for security and protection for teachers especially the female teachers of the school who have to walk over three kilometers from Small London town to the Akroso – Asuoso main road junction daily after school to board vehicles to their homes.
He said he had received complains about the harassment of the female teachers by some unknown men in the area.