From Sebastian R. Freiku
The Kumasi Senior High Technical School (KSTS), formerly Kumasi Secondary Technical School, established in 1991 is one of the best schools in Kumasi, and the Ashanti Region in general.
Its mandate was to train students to effectively and efficiently to use their heads, hands and hearts to be useful to themselves, the school, and society now and the future.
Located at Patasi, a suburb of Kumasi, KSTS is touted as a school of choice, and has a student population of over 5,000 above that of Prempeh College and Opoku Ware schools as the second highest in the country.
The school is headed by Mr. Haruna Oppong Boateng, with about 200 teachers on the staff roll.
In spite of the level of academic performance and touted image, the school has inadequate facilities and lags behind in infrastructural development so much so that it does not correspond to its numerical strength.
The science laboratory, dining hall, assembly hall, classroom blocks and furniture are nothing to write home about. Most of these projects, according to our information, are stalled at the expense of academic work.
Apart from the Headmaster and the Assistant Headmaster, only four members of the 214 teaching staff are accommodated on campus, courtesy of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
The school is faced with lack of adequate classrooms, and has to contend with wooden structures to pass.
KSTS might, however, get relief, following the award of an 18-unit classroom block christened Otumfuo Block, initially funded by the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund), on contract for rehabilitation under the Secondary Education Improvement Project (SEIP).
A new three-unit classroom block would also be built in addition to a six-seater water closet (WC) toilet facility with borehole and water support stand.
It has already constructed a 20-seater toilet facility at GH¢90,000, with funding from SEIP, which is yet to be commissioned, for the boys’ dormitory.
The science laboratory is not well equipped, while the dining hall is small in size. An attempt to expand it has stalled, compelling the students to take their meals in turns. Sometimes, they have to queue outside to be served.
An assembly hall project, initiated by Breast Care International (BCI), has stalled for lack of funds.
A functional Double or Single Track system in the school would depend on whether the two No.18 unit classroom block, and a two No. three-storey dormitory proposed under the government’s emergency project would be available in good time.
Until that time, the first and second year students would continue to operate the Double Track system, while the third years contend with the one stream system.
KSTS is also grappling with inadequate furniture. It would need a total of 2,500 mono desks for the students. It has a deficit of 100 teachers’ tables and 100 teachers’ chairs, 400 student beds, 200 dining hall tables, and 400 dining hall benches.
The challenges notwithstanding, the school has embarked on the construction of a three-storey, nine classroom block, which is about 65% complete, kitchen, store and office, as well as boys dormitory, initiated by the PTA from its Internally Generated Funds.
It is also supplementing the efforts of the BCI and the PTA to ensure the assembly hall project under construction is adequately roofed. It has also initiated a sizeable bathhouse for the male boarders.
All these projects are to be squeezed on a small land area, putting the school football pitch under threat of being encroached upon if the government’s intervention to provide infrastructure on campus is to be effective.
That is the true picture of KSTS known, in educational circles as the school of choice for you.