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24.03.2012 Education

GETFund Supports Mangoase SHS

By Nana Konadu Agyeman - Daily Graphic
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The Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) is financing the construction of six infrastructural projects at the Mangoase Senior High School in the Akuapem North District of the Eastern Region.

They include the construction of a 12-unit two-storey classroom block which was started in July 2011.

The project, which is almost completed and will be ready for use in May 2012, is being executed by Nana Akonuah Company Limited.

Construction works on the girls and boys’ dormitories have begun and are expected to be completed in September 2012.

While works on the girls’ dormitory is currently at the foundation level, that of the boys’ is yet to take off, a visit to the school had revealed.

The two projects are being carried out by the David Owua and Sons Limited and the Adafa FA Limited.

The school was also benefiting from the construction of the two separate six-unit classroom blocks which started in February, 2011.

Upon completion in eight months, the building will provide a more suitable teaching and learning environment, a staff common room,

a library and store rooms.
These became known when the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) Chairman of the school, Mr Victor Doku, and the Headmaster, Mr Albert Worfa, took some press men round the school’s compound to inspect the six GETFund projects.

The tour followed a meeting of parents and teachers of the school, during which the PTA Chairman told the gathering that the school had also benefited from the construction of two boreholes funded by the PTA and the Akuapem North District Assembly.

He downplayed any danger posed to female students who were currently being accommodated in parts of the Headmaster’s bungalow on the school’s compound, saying that “there is no cause for alarm”.

He assured the parents of the commitment of the PTA to work closely with the GETFund, GES and the Ministry of Education to ensure the speedy completion of the girls’ dormitory to provide relief to both the headmaster and students.

“It is neither the desire of the headmaster nor the PTA to allow the female students to put up in part of the headmaster’s bungalow as this situation has created inconvenience to both the headmaster and the students alike”, he said.

To reduce the stress the students had to go through daily to fetch water from the well, he said the PTA had purchased a pumping machine and a 10–litre polytank to supply water to the students.

The PTA Chairman added that the association bought 18 used computers for the school’s laboratory but nine of the machines had broken down, making the teaching and learning of Information and Communication (ICT) a challenge for the school.

With regard to academics, Mr Worfa said out of the 170 students presented for the 2011 WASSCE, 78 passed all the eight subjects, 73 passed in seven subjects, 17 in six subjects and one in five subjects, while one student was absent.

During an open forum, some of the parents expressed worry over the lack of fence around the school- a situation which they claimed made it possible for some of the students to sneak to town.

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