-As Minister hands over three 6-unit SHS classroom blocks
By David Allan Paintsil
Students and teachers in three Senior High schools (SHS) in the Central Region could not hide their joy and appreciation to the President, Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, for providing them with an additional 6-unit classroom blocks to enable their schools admit more SHS 1 students, owing to the extension of the duration of the SHS period from three to four years.
They expressed gratitude to the government for giving them such modern classroom facilities, when Central Regional Minister, Mrs. Ama Benyiwa Doe, handed over three of the completed blocks to three SHS in the region.
They are Academy of Christ the King Senior High School in Cape Coast, University Practice Senior High School in Cape Coast, and Breman Asikuma Senior High School at Breman Asikuma.
At the Academy of Christ the King in Cape Coast, where a staff common room was added to the project, the students sang patriotic songs to herald the occasion, when the keys to the new block were handed over to Mr. Safo Kantanka, Regional Ghana Education Service (GES) Director, to pass on to Mr. Victor Mensah Adattor, Headmaster of the school, who thanked the government for the project, and hoped more of such projects would help the new site of the school develop fully.
The Dean of the St. Nicholas Anglican Seminary in Cape Coast, Rev. Dr. Atta Baffoe, dedicated the beautiful building to God.
From the Academy, the Regional Minister and her entourage, including the Cape Coast Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), Anthony Egyir Aikins, went to the University Practice Senior High School in Cape Coast, where another 6-unit classroom block was handed over to Mrs. Juliana Owusu Ansah, who expressed appreciation to the government for the edifice, and like Oliver Twist, asked for more of such projects.
The Regional Minister later said good bye to Cape Coast, and headed straight for cocoa growing Asikuma, where she handed over another beautiful 6-unit classroom block with modern sanitary facilities.
She was accompanied by the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa District Chief Executive, Mrs. Georgina Nkrumah Aboah, who praised the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) for providing the structure.
Speaking at the various schools, Mrs. Ama Benyiwa Doe said the government had students and pupils at heart, and had decided that the GETFund should help provide classrooms to facilitate the extension of the three year SHS duration to four.
She expressed appreciation to the contractors on the projects for doing a good job despite the little time to deliver, and urged them to keep it up to ensure that emergency projects were executed on time in future.
She cautioned students to desist from soiling the walls of the buildings, and charged tutors and school management committees to ensure proper care of the property to prolong its lifespan.
Although when SHS reopened there was chaos on the various campuses as to where the newly admitted students would lay their heads, the situation is gradually subsiding as more and more classrooms being are provided.
In all, 46 schools in the Central Region are benefiting from the first phase in the region, and the handing over of three, brings to a total of five, such projects.
Pix: Mrs. Ama Benyiwa Doe, Central Regional Minister, cutting the tape to officially hand over the school to the Academy of Christ the King School in Cape Coast.