Bolgatanga, Nov. 15, GNA – The Bolgatanga Senior High School, (BIG BOSS), a reputable model SHS in the Upper East Region is battling infrastructural, transportation and logistical deficits as the management and students strive to create a conducive environment for quality education.
Accommodation for both students and staff, inadequate classrooms and computers, transportation, under-capacity dining and assembly halls, and the shortage of water supply are daily challenges.
The plight of the School was highlighted when a team of Old Students from the 1992-Year Group visited the School to know, at first hand, the problems and to look into viable means members of the Group could help to resolve some.
The Headmaster of the school, Mr Afelibeik Ababu, who interacted with the Old Students, revealed that in the last four years, the school had not received a single vehicle from the Government’s pool of vehicles meant for schools.
Other schools in the Region, however, he claimed, had received two or three vehicles.
He said in spite of the incessant appeals to the authorities, including the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service, for the provision of at least one vehicle, and also for the expansion of dormitory facilities to make life bearable for students, no positive feedback had been recorded.
“Your Alma Mater now goes around schools in the Region to beg for a bus to transport students going for programmes locally and for national events,” he told them.
He, however, stated that in spite of the difficulties confronting the School, the Management had not lost focus and it was doing everything in its capacity to bring about effective teaching and learning.
“Our performances have been credible in academic, culture and sports,” he stated. “We represent the Region at most of the national school events and our performances have been good”.
The School is reputed for excellence in the Northern, Upper West and the Upper East Regions.
Mr Ababu, therefore, appealed to the Government, through the Ghana Education Service, not to turn its back on the School, but assist it to enable it improve and sustain its performance.
The Headmaster said the school had constructed a three-classroom block from its internally generated funds, which was already in use, and had purchased a slightly used engine to rehabilitate one of its old buses, which had been off road for about two years.
The Management was also considering the rehabilitation of its Science Resource Centre bus as an alternative transport for the school.
“We are doing this, while we wait for the Government, philanthropic individuals and institutions to come to our aid,” he appealed
Mr Ababu lauded the 92-Year Group for their initiative, and asked them to encourage other groups to show more interests in issues concerning the development in the school.
The Spokesperson of the group, Mr Eric Amoh, congratulated the Headmaster and his team of Managers for defying all the odds, frustrations and impediments, which he said, had made them to achieve laurels.
He said the 92 Year Group meant business considering the fact that the Government alone could not shoulder the daunting responsibility of meeting all the needs of every school in the country.
Members of the team comprised the Accra and Bolgatanga Chapters, who were in the Region to prepare a draft constitution for consideration of the general membership.
The team later took a tour of the school to rekindle their memories of the good old days.