From Isaac Akwetey-Okunor
The staff and students of the Koforidua Pentecost Senior High School, also known as PENSEC, have heaved a sigh of great relief, following the instrumentality of their headmaster to resolve the school’s water crisis.
The school, with a total population of about 1,700, was left with no option than to cover a distance to town, before and after classes hours, in search of water for the school kitchen and personal use.
This was because the school could not settle its debt and was disconnected from the supply of water by the Ghana Water Company Limited.
Barely six months after the new Headmaster, Mr. Peter Atta Gyamfi, took over, the school can boast of massive changes, in terms of development.
The school, which was taken over by the government in 2015, was faced with numerous challenges such as infrastructure, water, furniture, and cooking utensils among others, which had crippled teaching and learning over the years.
In finding solutions to the numerous challenges, Mr. Peter Atta Gyamfi decided to solicit support from the Teshie Nungua area Church of Pentecost.
The Teshie Nungua branch, led by Prophet James Osei, gave an amount of GH¢94,000 for the construction of two mechanised boreholes, as well as the provision of 400 mono-desks for the students.
The Koforidua area of the church, led by Apostle Eric Nyamekye, also constructed an eighteen-unit classroom block to solve the infrastructure deficit, and also purchased 120 benches and 60 tables for the school.
Another philanthropist, who is also a member of the Pentecost Church in Accra, Mr. Peter Terkper, also donated a sum of money for the purchase of jugs and other kitchen utensils.
The Headmaster also established a sachet water cafeteria, with the motive of generating funds for the running of the school, with some of the money generated used to purchase two deep-freezers for the kitchen.
The school’s internally generated fund (IGF) was also enough to set up a dark-room for practicals of the Visual Arts Department, purchase of eleven sewing machines, 40 scissors, 20 tracing wheels, 30 bobbins and bobbin cases among other equipment for the Home Economics Department.
The Matron of the school, Ms. Vida Akoto-Amponsah, who could not hide her excitement over the rapid change, particularly, with the provision of enough water for both the kitchen and the entire school, heaped praises on the Headmaster.