Regional News Sun, 29 Feb 2004

Assin-Manso SSS embark on devt projects

Assin-Manso (C/R) Feb 29 GNA - The authorities of the Assin-Manso Secondary School in the Central Region have embarked on a number of development projects to improve upon teaching and learning.

Mr Garth Oppong-Kwakye, headmaster of the school made this known at the first "home coming" for past students and a sod-cutting for the construction of 1.5 billion cedis administration block and a library complex for the school at Assin Manso on Saturday.

It also coincided with the inauguration of a 140-million cedis computer centre sponsored by the Parent Teacher Association. Mr Oppong Kwakye said due to the acute accommodation problem facing the school, it has initiated a policy to construct a 10-unit classroom block.

According to him the school has 44 teachers and a student population of 1,040 made up of 515 boys and 525 girls and that it has only one boy's dormitory, whiles the girls are housed in a classroom.

He regretted that for the school's 39 year in existence it still lagged behind in terms of infrastructure development. It is faced with the problem of lack of a girls dormitory, assembly/dinning hall as well as inadequate water supply.

He therefore appealed to all stakeholders to assist the school to complete the projects it has started to help ease the accommodation problem facing both students and staff.


Mr Oppong-Kwakye thanked the Old students for their contribution towards the development of the school.

Mr Kwabena Kakari Apau, District Chief Executive of Assin called on chiefs in the area to supplement the efforts of government in the provision of infrastructure in schools.

He said the time has come for chiefs to contribute to the development of their traditional areas and not relay solely on the government and NGOs for all their development needs.

Mr Apau commended the staff and students for maintaining discipline in the school and also performing well in the last SSCE, adding that out of the 468 schools, the school placed 104, which he stressed, was very commendable considering the problems facing it.

He however, told them not to be complacent but should take their studies seriously to improve upon their performance. Mr Apau expressed concern about the attitude of some parents towards the education of their children, and said some even fail to pay their wards' fees.

He urged them to attach great importance to the education of their children by providing them with their needs to enable them to stay in school.

Source: GNA