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12.03.2006 Regional News

Headmistress appeals for re-award of contract on model school


Efutu, (C/R) March. 12, GNA- The headmistress of Efutu Secondary Technical School in the Cape Coast municipality, Ms. Amba Kenya Amoah, on Saturday appealed to the government to re-award the contract for the construction of a new premises for the school, which has been selected for upgrading into a model senior secondary school.

She expressed concern that the project which took off two years ago, and is being financed by the GETFund, was expected to have been completed last year, but to date, has only a half completed girls' dormitory is on the site and had come to a standstill. Ms. Amoah, who made the appeal at a general meeting of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) of the school at the school's premises,

however, expressed concern that even though the school has been selected as a model school in the municipality, there is much to be done to make the project a reality.

She also appealed for completion of work on an additional girls' dormitory at the school's present site to be expedited, to accommodate the increasing girls population in the school.

On the computerization of SSS admissions, Ms Amoah observed that the system, have only, not helped raise academic standards in the less endowed schools, but increased enrolment there.

According to her, the school, which was established six years ago, recorded the highest number of admissions of 250 students last academic year, as against the highest of 90, the previous year. She appealed to the government and parents to support the school, since the less endowed schools "are not getting the needed assistance".

On academic performance, Ms Amoah said 25 of the 86 students presented for the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE) last academic year, passed in all eight subjects, with some obtaining six and five As.

The chairman of the board of directors, Mr Joseph Freeman Abaidoo asked parents to help teachers in the upbringing of their wards to help ensure enhanced academic standards.

Mr Joseph Taylor, chairman of the PTA, later presented a 43-million cedis photocopier and asked parents to endeavour to settle their wards' school fees arrears, which amounts to 50 million cedis, to ensure the smooth administration of the schools.

He expressed concern that some students made use of monies given them to pay their fees, and urged the parents to ensure that they paid the fees themselves, and appealed for support to help the school which has only one typewriter and a pick-up, to acquire modern office equipment and additional means of transport.