The Member of Parliament (MP) for Adaklu in the Volta Region, Kwame Agbodza, has commenced the construction of a 10-unit classroom block to rescue the Adaklu Senior High School from acute shortage of classrooms for students, a situation which is impeding teaching and learning in the school.
This development, according to the headmaster of the school, arose as a result of increase in enrollment of the students. The school currently has a student population of 1094.
The issue, school authorities confirmed, has forced some of the students to have their studies under trees; as a result of the scarcity of the classrooms and the Adaklu MP, following a distress request by the Board of Governors and Management of the school, has decided to intervene.
Mr Agbodza in a tweet announcing the commencement of the project said, "I had the privilege of breaking the ground to build a Knowledge Hub for Adaklu SHS at Waya this morning. This has become very urgent to address an acute shortage of decent spaces to promote effective teaching and learning".
In a letter by management of the school, dated April 16, 2021 and titled: "Appeal for Support For 10-Unit Classroom Block" addressed to the MP, the headmaster, Bartholomew Cujoe Hosu revealed, the situation is so difficult that if the final year students report to school, management of the school would find it very difficult to get classrooms for them.
The letter said, "Once again, I would like to appeal to you to support the school with a 10-unit classroom block. This has become urgent because of the increase in enrollment of the students. The student population stands at 1094 currently".
"Honourable, even though the Form 3 students are yet to report to school, there is an acute shortage of classrooms for Form 1 and Form 2 students. Some are even studying under trees now".
According to the Management, "if the Form 3 students report on 5th May, 2021, the school Management would find it very difficult to get classrooms for effective teaching and learning".
It is unclear, the duration the project would take, and when it is expected to be completed; but The Herald is informed that the lawmaker wants the contractor to execute the work within the shortest possible time, in order to handover the edifice to school authorities for the students to have a conducive environment to study.