The staff and students of Donkorkrom Agricultural Secondary School (DASS), which is grappling with a myriad of problems, smiled when the deprived school's Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) presented it with a 200 million-cedi Mercedes Benz bus.
Alhaji Baba Abdulai, the PTA Chairman, handed the 19-seater bus painted in the DASS favoured colour of green to Mr Daniel Afari, the Headmaster of the school, at a ceremony attended by students, parents and a cross-section of the citizens of Donkorkrom.
Alhaji Abdulai said the PTA felt encouraged by the performance of the school despite its many challenges and promised many other facilities including a generator to help the students to concentrate on their studies.
This, he said, was in addition to many other facilities such as computers, a sick bay and a security gate all presented to DASS recently and aimed at raising standards in the school.
An elated Mr Afari thanked the PTA and said the donation would have a positive impact on the fortunes of the school.
Mr Afari appealed to the government to urgently consider building a girls' dormitory for the school since female students are housed in the administrative block building.
He said he was also not happy with the lack of enthusiasm by old students towards the development of the school with the exception of Dr Kwame Gyan, a legal practitioner, who intermittently remits the school.
Mr Afari said considering the lack of facilities at the school it is incumbent on old students, many who now occupy enviable positions, to take active interest in the fortunes of DASS and help raise its infrastructure to acceptable standards.
The Deputy Eastern Regional Director of Education, Miss Stella Djentuh, said she was happy that unlike in other schools where parents and teachers were at each other's throat, the PTA of DASS was collaborating effectively towards the development of the school.
She said if similar enthusiasm was exhibited in all schools in the region, much could be achieved on the educational front