Zoog (UE), Jan. 17, GNA – Mr. Paul Ayamga, Headmaster of the Kongo Senior High School in the Talensi-Nabdam District of the Upper East Region, at the weekend appealed to government and the Ghana Education Service (GES) to accord the school a boarding status to enable it to cater for the ever-growing student population.
Mr Ayamga said starting with 74 students in 1991, the school currently had an enrolment of 650 students with some coming from the Upper West and Northern regions, Bawku and nearby communities.
He said the growing number of students compelled the school to move to its present location in Zoog near Pelungu to cater for the increasing number of students even though the infrastructural development there was low.
He made this known in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at the school during a ceremony to receive a donation of educational materials including books and sporting equipment from Mr Yen Sapark, a Development and Training Officer of ARB Apex Bank Limited.
He said the school had moved to the new site but maintained its first year students at its old site at Kongo because of insufficient classrooms at the new site.
Mr Ayamga said the students had to travel long distances to Pelungu and Kongo to find food to eat and sometimes they absented themselves from school for many days because they had to travel back home to get food which he indicated affected their studies.
The Headmaster said the new school had a two-storey 18 classroom block, and another two storey girl’s dormitory which housed the girls and served as the headmaster’s office, adding that the current situation had become so because the school had no administrative block at the new site.
Mr Ayamga said a dinning hall, two storey boys and girls’ dormitory blocks each which were under construction had stalled at foundation levels.
He appealed to the authorities to impress on the contractors working on the projects to expedite action to enable the first year students to join the rest at the new site to enable effective administrative work.
He indicated that the school ran courses such as agricultural science, home economics and General Arts and said the school had no science laboratory to enable the students do practical work in the sciences and therefore appealed for such facility to be constructed for the school..
He said the school had 25 computers donated by BONABOTO and Vodafone Ghana and asked that an ICT laboratory should be constructed for the study of ICT as a subject.
Mr Ayamga added that the absence of staff accommodation hindered efficient teaching and learning in the school. “The nearest town in this area where teachers can find accommodation is in Bolgatanga which is 40kilometers away” he added.
He further appealed to the school’s PTA, and benevolent organizations and individuals to support the school acquire its basic needs.