In line with its commitment to assist the government in addressing the challenges facing senior high schools in the country, the Parents Teachers’ Association (PTA) of Swedru Senior High School (SWESCO) has initiated a number of projects in the school.
Notable among them are the procurement of a 225-megawatt power-generating plant at a cost of GH¢120, 000 to power the school in times of power outages and the expansion of the school’s dining hall at the cost of GH¢150, 000.
Before the third and fourth year batches of students completed school, the students were practising ‘the shift system’ when it was time for them to take their meals.
The meals, which could have been taken in about 30 minutes, took two hours and even though the number had reduced to 1, 400, the dining hall is still unable to accommodate the boarders.
The situation is affecting teaching and learning since part of the instructional hours is spent at the dining hall.
The school’s PTA therefore decided to undertake the dining hall expansion project to help put an end to ‘the shift system’ and also improve teaching and learning.
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The headmistress of the school, Mrs Agnes Letitia Hawkson, told the Daily Graphic that the expansion of the dining hall initiated by the PTA was an urgent need of the school and therefore welcomed the intervention.
According to her, whenever it was time for breakfast and lunch, the other students, particularly the day students and teachers, had to wait for hours before normal classes could resume.
She noted that after the first batch had finished eating, the entire dining hall had to be cleaned up before the next batch could also take their turn to eat.
The school’s PTA Chairman, Mr Edward Osei Acheampong, took this reporter round to inspect work on the dining hall expansion project, and to see the power-generating plant.
He said the PTA had also resolved that every student would pay GH¢20 every term for three years to fund the project.
He stressed that the PTA would consider fencing the entire land of the school in future to protect it from being encroached upon.
By Gilbert Mawuli Agbey/Daily Graphic/Ghana