The school authorities of OLA Girls Senior High School in Ho have appealed to the government to assist the school in tackling the infrastructure challenges faced by the school with a student population of 4,097.
The Headmistress of the OLA Girls SHS, Benedicta Agbezudor, made the appeal at the school's 70th anniversary celebration at the school campus on Saturday, February 2, 2024.
He said there is an urgent need for more infrastructure projects to augment the existing ones, which are not spacious for the current student population.
According to the headmistress, per the student population, the school needs about 2,000 classroom furniture, 300 dining tables with 600 benches to be accompanied by a standard modern dining and a Kitchen to aid the students in the transitional session and sit comfortably in class for effective teaching and learning.
Madam Agbezudor further lamented that the school's dormitories are congested hence more needs to be built to keep the girls healthy for effective academic work.
She stressed that urgent renovation is needed for two of their dormitories in addition to 24 unit blocks to be considered for the school to ease the pressure on classrooms and expansion of the school's assembly hall to 1,500 student capacity.
She also appealed to government, corporate entities and benevolent individuals to come to the aid of the school renovate the science and ICT laboratories and furnished them with furniture, science and IT equipment.
The durbar was heavily attended by thousands of past students from all year groups globally.
The special guest of honour, the Second Lady of the Republic Samira Bawumia reflected on the anniversary theme; "Reminiscing 70 years of Holistic Catholic Education: The Role of Stakeholders in Embracing Technology and Entrepreneurship for the Future" touted the significant impacts of the digital revolution on the country especially the e-commerce and the online markets.
"Ghana's digital agenda under the leadership of Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has significantly transformed our economy and governance making strides towards efficiency and Transparency," she said
In her solidarity message, the Girls' Prefect of the school Ms Clara Akpene Adoboe also stressed a call to stakeholders to support the school in providing the necessary and adequate infrastructure to enable the current students learn in a more convenient and conducive environment.
"In fact, the girls are forced to live and learn under very difficult and some inappropriate conditions yet they continue to make the best of the situations and can come out with flying colours in the national WASSCE examinations. We would like to appeal to all our well-wishers and all those routings for the school to be intentional about providing needed resources for a conducive learning environment," she stated.
The Past and Old Students Association (POGA) with the support of Samira Bawumia cut sod for the construction of 700-bed capacity dormitory expected to be commissioned before the 75th anniversary.