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07.06.2006 Education

Ningo Secondary School appeals for infrastructure

By GNA
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Stakeholders of education and natives of Ningo were on Tuesday called upon to help provide the needed infrastructure for the Ningo Secondary School to enable its students attain quality education.

The school, established in 1976 with a student population of 543 lacks basic infrastructure such as classrooms, library, dining hall, staff accommodation, school bus and dormitories.

Mr Christopher Kwashi Sedefia, Headmaster of the school, who made the call during the commissioning of the school's physics laboratory, stated that the school had seen no improvement in its infrastructure since its absorption into the public educational system in 1993 by the government.

"Since its absorption, we have not seen any improvement in infrastructure. The school lacks everything that goes into learning and teaching except good teachers and hard working auxiliary staff", he noted.

Mr Sedefia further urged the school's old students not to neglect their Alma Malta but rather uplift its image by contributing to get the school some of its basic needs. Touching on the rehabilitation of the physics laboratory, he indicated that, the project, which cost about 80 million cedis was partly funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Peace Corps, the school's PTA and other corporate bodies.

He said with the rehabilitation and provision of science equipment, the school, which was formerly running only business and arts courses, could now run science courses.

In a speech read on his behalf, Mr Michael Adjoweh Nortey, Dangme West District Chief Executive, said the rehabilitation of the laboratory would go a long way to improve teaching and learning in the school, as students would not only learn the theoretical part of science but also the practical.

Mr Nortey said science and technology played a very important role in the development of a country, urging the students to take science study serious to enable them attain enviable professions in future. Mr Jerome Siau Djangmah, Chairman of the West African Examination Council (WEAC) commended the school and Dr Catherine Chestnett, a Peace Corps volunteer, who initiated the project for giving junior secondary schools in Ningo the chance to use the facility once in a week for their practical learning.

According to him, that fulfils the JSS vision of raising the educational standard, as JSS was not established to be an extension of the primary school.

He presented books worth two million cedis on behalf of WAEC to the school. The books included textbooks on core mathematics, elective mathematics, agriculture, chemistry and biology, as well as English dictionaries and African writers' series.

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