Female students sleeping in classrooms

A total of 30 female students of the St Stephens Secondary Technical School at Asiakwa in the East Akyem Municipality, are sleeping in classrooms due to lack of accommodation.

The female students have no other option than to sleep in their classrooms in the night since the girls’ dormitory could not accommodate all the 190 female student boarders.

The students have to move their furniture outside in order to arrange their mattresses on the floor to pass the night and re-arrange them early in the morning for classes.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in an interview, Mr Amoo-Tenkorang Pinnock, the assistant headmaster, said the school was founded in 1978 as a day school and was adopted into the boarding system in 2000 to cater for students outside the community.

He said that situation had brought a lot of challenges to the school since there were no dormitories for the students and that the school had rented premises outside the school for the male students.

Mr Tenkorang said the building, which was meant for a technical block was now being used as an administrative block and that the headmaster’s office looks more of a kitchen than an office.

He said the uncompleted dining hall is also being used as a classroom for the form one students comprising of four different classes including Home Economics, Visual Arts, General Arts One and Two.

Mr Tenkorang appealed to the government and other organizations to come to the aid of the school.

In another development, the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) of the school, on Thursday presented a vehicle worth GH¢22,800 to the school to help transport teachers staying in rented premises to the school.

Receiving the vehicle, Mrs Kate Agyeman Badu, the Municipal Director of Education for East Akyem, and acting headmistress for the school, thanked the PTA for the gesture. GNA

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