Compiled by Kwesi Alfred Adams ,
The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Elembelle, Bonzoh Kwasi, has cut the sod for a 12-unit classroom block for the students of Nkroful Senior High School (NASS) to help ease challenges in classroom accommodation.
It would have a six-unit classroom on the down floor, with the remaining six-units on the top floor. The cost of the block is estimated at GH¢128,000, and is expected to be completed within a period of six months. Funding for the project is to be borne by the Government of Ghana.
Ordinarily, the contractor for the project was expected to use nine months in completing the project, but considering the urgency for it to cater for fresh students who would be admitted under the Free Senior High School initiative, the contractor has pledged to finish it in September.
Speaking at the sod-cutting, the DCE said since the inception of the free SHS initiative, the number of beneficiaries keeps on multiplying expectation.
Noting that free SHS has come to stay for the underprivileged, the 12-unit classroom block would go a long way to ease challenges ahead of the October fresh batch of admissions.
Kwasi Bonzoh said the government considered education as a right, and as it was a right, cost should not be an issue.
This was the reason the government was prepared to bear the cost so that “every child willing to enter SHS could do so.”
DCE said the Assembly has, its own small way, been supporting the free SHS initiative to make it succeed.
He said though the resources of the Assembly were not much, it would still partner the government in delivering the policy.
For now, he said the Assembly, through its Internal Generated Fund (IGF), is supporting five secondary, vocational and technical institutions.
He added, however, that the last time he checked, the furniture deficit in the schools in the District was up to 5,000.
He said the Assembly was working to address the deficit, promising that by the end of September, the deficit should be zero.
The Headmaster of NASS, Mr. Kwame Wurah, on his part, said the classroom block would go a long way to solve the accommodation needs of the students.
The District Director of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Mr. Blay Ackah, expressed his delight at the project, because it is during his tenure the edifice was going to be put up.
He said, when the project was completed, it would do away with the double track system associated with the free SHS.
The Chief of Nkroful, Nana Kwasi Kutuah IV, commended the government for the project.