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No classroom for free SHS at Asesewa

BY KOJO ANSAH


AUTHORITIES OF Asesewa Senior High School (SHS) in the Upper Manya Krobo District of the Eastern Region may not be able to admit all free SHS beneficiaries posted to the school due to infrastructural challenges.

The infrastructure problem of the school has worsened over the past two years following the shutdown of a crumbling 12-unit classroom block with ancillary offices which have been left to rot after shoddy work done by the contractor.

The GH¢ 481,733.62 GETFUND project started collapsing six months after it was commissioned in 2011.

The State Engineering firm, Architectural Engineering Service Limited, which supervised the project, after inspection and assessment of the structural defects, recommended the closure of the entire block for renovation.

No renovation has since been done.

The situation has since displaced hundreds of students, office staff and teachers who were occupying the building.

Currently, the school library has been converted into an administration office, while the teachers operate under trees teaching overcrowded students.

The school authorities, who did not want to be mentioned, said they may not be able to admit all fresh students for the upcoming academic year should the situation remain unresolved.

The Asesewa Traditional Council has written several petitions to GETFUND and the government for intervention but to no avail.

The Assembly member for Asesewa Community ‘ D’ Electoral Area, Mr David Kofi Tetteh, said the community was extremely worried about the situation.

Information gathered indicated that efforts were being made to seek help from churches in the community to give out their church buildings to temporarily accommodate some of the fresh students posted to the school to salvage the situation.

The District Chief Executive for Upper Manya Krobo District, Mr Felix Odjao Nartey, said the assembly is working closely with the school authorities to provide both temporary and permanent solution to the infrastructure distress in the school.

The Member of Parliament for the area, Mr Joseph Tetteh, also said efforts were being made to address the situation.

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