Authorities of the La Presbyterian Senior High School in the La Dadekotopon Municipal Assembly of Greater Accra Region, are unhappy about low enrollment and poor academic performance which they have blamed on poor infrastructure.

Students in the school?s uncompleted structure
Students in the school?s uncompleted structure

TV3?s Frederick Clarence Williams, who visited the school, reports the situation has compelled school authorities to organize lessons under trees and in uncompleted structures.

The La Presbyterian Senior High School has several infrastructural challenges which hampers academic work.

Some of the classrooms visited revealed over-crowding, with no extra space for students to sit down properly.

The situation sometimes compelled teachers to organize lessons under shade and in uncompleted building on the school?s compound.

This according to the school authorities is seriously hampering quality academic work and other activities.

With a two-storey block and a six unit classroom block under construction, one would think the woes of students and teachers might be over.

The uncompleted structure.
The uncompleted structure.

But the two-storey block which was awarded on contract by the Getfund in 2009, and was expected to be completed in 18 months is only 65% complete.

The six unit block, which was also awarded some four years ago is only 35% complete. Students have no option than to occupy the uncompleted structures with all the distraction that clearly affects learning.

The Headmaster of the school, Samuel Salamat, expressed his frustration about the situation in an interview with TV3.

A frustrated Headmaster speaking to TV3
A frustrated Headmaster speaking to TV3

?It?s so pathetic that some of my students even hold classes under trees. So when it rains we are always under the mercy of the weather. Meanwhile the students have been admitted and they must be given places to sit and learn? the visibly frustrated Headmaster lamented.

The Headmaster says the school?s poor infrastructure is affecting enrollment and performance.

?Students look at facilities before they access the schools and so because our facilities are not the best we don?t get good students. And our teachers have to struggle to mold them. But at least if we can get a few of the good students coming to mix with the majority so-called bad students then we can make? headway? he noted.

The Chief Executive of La Dadekotopon Municipal Assembly, Rita Odoley Sowah said once the issues have come their notice, she will ensure the assembly offered its supports to complete the structure.

?This is a Getfund project and we are seeing how best we can put it in shape. But for the word shamble, I think it?s too harsh because at least we have some infrastructure here where the students are studying. So we will push harder to get this building completed? she assured.

Source:tv3network.com

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