Sekondi, Sept. 11, GNA - The Nana Akufo-Addo led government’s free Senior High Education initiative took off in earnest as parents and their wards head to various schools in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis seeking admission.
A visit by the Ghana News Agency to some of the schools where first years are being admitted revealed an expectant atmosphere with long queues amidst intermittent struggles by parents who jostled for space to enter the headmasters’ office for forms of admission.
While some parents complained about the long waiting periods, others were seen anxious in search of space for their “displaced” wards.
At the Fijai Senior High School at Sekondi, the Headmaster, Mr Kenneth Dotsey Agbomadzi, said this year’s admission even seemed less stressful as the school only followed up on the number of students placed in the school.
“We have an intake of 500 fresh students, what all parents will have to do is to go to the notice board, check for their child’s name, pick the serial number and come for admission forms,” he said.
At the time of the visit, about 212 students had been served with admission forms, the headmaster said adding that due diligence has been carried out to ensure that only students from outside the metropolis were placed in the boarding house.
He advised parents to be patient and support the Free Senior High School policy adding, “Government was bent on improving all senior high schools around…we have graduate teachers all over…the child’s duty is to learn that’s all”.
The situation was not different at the Saint John’s School where parents and wards had queued in the cold weather feverishly waiting for attention.
An official of the school described the process as smooth and without any major challenge adding, “It is because many parents are here this morning that’s why we have the long and winding queue… we will satisfy their anxieties soonest”.