Ghanaian Chronicle

Juaben SHS marks 40th Anniversary

Date published: October 15, 2012

Stories from Ernest Best Anane

 

The Juaben Senior High School has marked its 40th Anniversary with a call on the government and corporate bodies to come to the aid of the school, in terms of infrastructural development.

The authorities of the school are appealing for adequate classrooms and dormitory accommodation for students of the school, to ease congestion in both the classrooms and dormitories as a result of limited infrastructure.

The call follows the disclosure by the Headmaster of the school, Very Rev. Isaac Osei-Boadi, that the school lacked some vital infrastructural facilities, as a result of which academic performance was being impeded, at the Speech and Prize Giving Day, last Saturday.

The Headmaster also appealed for an Assembly Hall, which the school has never had since its 40 years of existence, as a result of which it uses an old dining hall for all its gatherings.

He said the school, which now has a student population of 1,688, comprising 932 males and 756 females, with 111 teaching and 101 non-teaching staff, lacks infrastructure like a duty vehicle for the Headmaster, assembly hall, sick bay, and teachers’ accommodation on campus.

The Headmaster said out of the lot, only nine of the teaching staff occupy bungalows on campus, with the majority of them staying outside the campus, while others commute daily from Kumasi, a situation, he said, was affecting the school academically.

According to Rev Isaac Osei Boadi, there was also the need for fence wall to protect the school lands from encroachment, and to provide security for life and property.

He appealed to the government to provide the school with an administration block, library and ICT block.

He also mentioned that the school administration had no duty vehicle to facilitate the movement of the headmaster, teachers and students.

On the provision of quality drinking water, the Headmaster underscored the need for two additional boreholes to supplement the existing ones to solve the water delivery challenges that seriously undermine school discipline.

Rev. Isaac Osei-Boadi has, therefore, called on the government, stakeholders and other corporate bodies to supplement the school’s meagre internally generated funds to acquire its basic needs.

According to the Headmaster, the school had contributed much to the socio-economic growth of this country, having churned out a lot of professionals and personalities in all spheres of human endeavour, and mentioned K.T. Hammond, Member of Parliament (MP) for Adansi Asokwa, Lawyer Joseph Osei-Wusu, MP for Bekwai, Kwadwo Fosu aka Daddy Lumba, a famous Ghanaian musician, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Obek Agro Chemicals, and Vanguard Group of Companies as a few products of the school.

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