No Classrooms for first-year Nyakrom Senior High Students

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

First –year-students admitted to the Agona Nyakrom Senior High Technical School (NYASTEC) in the Central Region late last year have no classrooms.

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About four hundred Form One students are currently being accommodated at the school’s assembly hall that also serves as a dining hall.

The situation has led the PTA of the school to erect seven canopies on a 12–unit classroom block which is at the foundation level for some of the students offering General Arts, Home Economics, Business, General Science, Visual Arts and Technical.

The unavailability of classrooms for the first-year students culminated in the school’s inability to begin the teaching of the elective subjects for the students.

Thus, teachers in the school, only taught the core subjects for the first term.

This situation came to light when the Daily Graphic visited  the school last Thursday.

It was gathered that the canopies mounted for the students was not wide enough to accommodate the students in the various classes as some were noticed standing outside and trying to concentrate as classes was going on.

In addition, there were not enough desks for the students to sit on in class because some were seen standing whiles others squatted to write in their note books whiles lessons were ongoing.

It was also gathered that since the school had no classroom for the first-year students, the school’s relief would be in May/June when both the Form Three and Four students complete school.

Mr Maxim Maxwell Bissi, the headmaster of the school in an interview noted that the situation had affected effective teaching and learning since the congenial environment in which the students were supposed to study was readily not available.

According to him, the PTA of the school had wanted to complete the 12-unit classroom block it was funding before the admission of the first-years but that could not happen which had resulted in the current problem.

He added that what informed the authorities of the school to erect the canopies was to enable the teachers who were anxious to start the teaching of their elective subjects to do so and also enable them to cover up topics they could not teach in the first term.

He further indicated that the school with teaching staff strength of 82 had only one bungalow being occupied by him with the rest of them staying in town and others commuting from Agona Swedru adding that it was really affecting discipline among the students.

Also, the headmaster indicated that due to the unavailability of adequate dormitories to house prospective borders, most of the students had rented hostels in town which would make them susceptible to abuse.

Again, he said regular supply of water to the school was erratic and that there were times they had to buy water to cater for the needs of the students.

A Form One student studying Technical told this reporter that it had been an unbearable experience he and his colleagues were going through currently in the school.

He added that they always lacked concentration because they were distracted by the noise from adjoining classes.

He added that classes would definitely have to be suspended anytime it rained which would affect academic work and therefore appealed to old students of the school; the government and the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) of the school to help solve the current infrastructural challenges facing the school.

Story by Gilbert Agbey Mawuli