Mr. Ofori Antwi, the Headmaster of West Africa Senior High School (WASS) at Adenta, in Accra, has appealed to government to provide a boarding facility for the school.
He said the school, the only public senior high school in the Adenta Municipality, could boast of about 100 acres of land with about 60 percent undeveloped, which the people in the neighbourhood are encroaching on.
Mr. Antwi, who made the appeal in an interview with the Ghana News Agency said the school had been a day learning facility since its establishment because of the lack of a boarding house.
He said the school authorities had taken all the necessary steps through lobbying and formal approaches to the appropriate authorities for the provision of the boarding facility but to no avail and the situation does not augur well for students.
“The huge undeveloped forest land of the school continue to pose serious problems to both students and staff alike. We have had two incidents of snake bites of students recently, with encroachers and intruders scaling the school wall to defecate in the bush.
The lack of a boarding facility had also contributed to lateness to school by the students, among others,” he said.
Mr. Antwi said cattle had also been left on the school premises to grace by their headsmen and he had complained to the Adenta Municipal Police Station for their eviction but their owners remained adamant upon continuous orders.
He said the intervention of the government with the provision of the boarding house would address the challenges, especially lateness to school as some of them come from far places like Aburi, Ashaiman, Dodowa and beyond.
The Headmaster said the girls’ dormitory was 90 percent complete but yet to be connected to electricity and other fittings and had been left for the past two years while the two official bungalows and the eight-unit staff apartment, which was started by the Ghana Education Trust Fund had also been abandoned for six years now.