The Headmaster of the Okuapeman Senior High School (OKUAS) in the Eastern Region, Mr Daniel Afari, has lamented the perennial water problem facing the school, explaining that it posed a major challenge to academic work.
According to him, the Parents Teacher Association (PTA) of the school was holding discussions with the Water Research Unit of the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research and the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) to assist in finding a lasting solution to the problem.
Speaking at the 57th annual Speech and Prize–giving Day of the school at Akuapem- Akropong, Mr Afari pointed out that the existing six mechanised boreholes were inadequate to cater for the increasing student and staff populations, adding that “water supply from the Ghana Water Company is erratic”.
The ceremony was on the theme, “Achieving academic excellence through effective teamwork”.
Mr Afari said the school, with a population of 2,505, urgently needed an 18-unit classroom block to ease the pressure on existing facilities, while the early completion of work on the extension of one of the girls’ dormitories would help ease congestion.
He, therefore, appealed to the Akuapem North Municipal Assembly to expedite action on the completion of the project.
Touching on the performance of students in the 2013 West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), Mr Afari said the school, which presented 1,102 candidates, achieved a 100 per cent pass.
He said the school excelled in other spheres of endeavour, particularly in sports and cultural festivals and a national inter-schools essay competition, which was organised last year by the Musicians Association of Ghana (MUSIGA).
He commended the staff of the school and all those who had contributed to making the school one of the best senior high schools in the country.
The guest speaker, Dr Samuel Kofi Adjei of the Noguchi Memorial Research Institute, Legon, stressed the need for team work between heads of institutions and stakeholders for effectiveness.
The Eastern Regional Minister, Mrs Helen Adjoa Ntoso, in a speech read on her behalf, gave the assurance that the government would continue to improve quality education in the country and called on old students of schools to support their alma maters since the government alone could not take up all the responsibilities.