Some first and second year students of the Oguaa Senior High Technical School in Cape Coast have been displaced following the resumption of construction work on provisional classrooms they occupy.
The temporary classrooms are part of an uncompleted two-storey block intended to serve as a girls’ dormitory for the school but was used as classrooms.
This arrangement was to enable the school to use part of a newly built 12-unit classroom block as girls’ dormitory following the lack of infrastructure to accommodate the increasing number of students.
At the School’s 27th Anniversary/Speech and Prize-giving Day on Saturday, the Headmistress of the school, Mrs Joyce Aidoo disclosed that the school was yet to know where to relocate the students when they return from midterms.
“Two-storey girls’ dormitory which is near completion and now being used as a classroom. Contractor sacked them yesterday (Friday) so we do not know where they will go,” she said.
She appealed to stakeholders to expedite action on the construction of the dormitory so the female students can move into them to enable the students occupy the classrooms.
Authorities of the school have up to Thursday November 1, to decide the fate of the students when they resume from mid-term break.
The anniversary was on the theme “Building the nation through quality and holistic education: the role of Senior High Schools.’’
Mrs Aidoo also called on stakeholders to hasten work on the school’s Information Communication and Technology (ICT) and Science Laboratory Complex to enhance academic work.
A fence wall to help secure students and property and accommodation for teachers; majority of which are currently staying outside the school, she said, were some of the pressing needs of the school.
On academic work, she said out of 270 candidates who sat for the 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), 67 had 8 passes; 89 scored 7 passes while 53 got 6 passes.
She said the rest had between 5 to 1 passes with the overall best students getting aggregate 11.
Mrs Aidoo commended stakeholders including the government, parents and old students for their support and called for more to enable the school surmount its challenges and move to a higher pedestal.
Speaking on the theme, the Metropolitan Director of Education Phillip Kwesi Inkoom noted that TVET was the engine of growth of every country and that countries which prioritised it continue to derive tremendous benefits.
He said it was for these reasons that the government had decided to revamp the system to enable students receive relevant training in diverse areas to create jobs.
He commended the school for its exploits over the years and charged the school authorities not to rest on their oars. She advised students to take their studies seriously.
By Adwoa Adobea-Owusu|3news.com|Ghana