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24.11.2005 Regional News

Rehabilitation of infrastructure at Anfoega SSS will be ideal - MP

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Accra, Nov. 24, GNA - Mr Alexander Tetteh-Enyo, Member of Parliament for Ada, on Thursday appealed to the Government to rehabilitate and improve on the infrastructure at the Anfoega Senior Secondary School in the Volta Region.

He said the poor state of infrastructure at the School should be improved to celebrate the life of Reverend Professor Noah K. Dzobo, pioneer headmaster of the school who also authored the original educational reforms package.

The Member was contributing to a statement made by Ms Akua Sena Dansua, Member of Parliament for North Dayi on the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the School.

"Prof. Dzobo changed the educational history of the country by envisioning the educational reforms therefore, making the school he pioneered, a better place is the least we can do to celebrate the life of this great man," Mr Tetteh-Enyo added.

Mr Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, Majority Chief Whip, said the School, which used to be a Training College was converted into a secondary school like many others to satisfy the thirst for secondary education. He said in the zeal to create and build many secondary schools, little attention was paid to the existing training colleges which were to feed the numerous schools with teachers.

The Member of Parliament for Suame, who said he nearly married an Anfoega woman, added, " we should be thinking about adding to the infrastructure of the training colleges or build new ones to address the teacher shortage issue in the country."

Ms Dansua had called for the construction of accommodation facilities for the school to attract boys and girls from the neighbouring towns who cannot afford the long trek to school. She said the school had two campuses that were five kilometres apart adding that while the administration block was at the old site, academic work went on at the new site.

"Classrooms are woefully inadequate, thus compelling authorities to lump two or more course areas in one room. The Home Economics classroom are presently being used as dormitories for girls and for the school bus, the School has an old truck that breaks down every other week." She said the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) was helping the school to build a girls' dormitory as the school's 40th anniversary project.

In spite of its numerous problems, the school chalked 93.26 per cent in the 2003/2004 academic year.