The Ghana Education Service is demanding official requests from school heads asking for the immediate provision of furniture and other forms of infrastructure to cater for the excess intake of first years under the free SHS programme.
Some school heads claim they have been allocated more that requires first year students and some of them may have to stand in their classrooms because there are no tables and chairs for them. Others have asked parents to look elsewhere for hostels for their wards because the boarding facilities are full.
The complaints are widespread and most of the school heads say their hands are tied because of the directive against levying first year students.
XYZ checks have indicated that in some of the schools, first year students are handicapped while in other schools, parents are struggling to secure hostel facilities for their wards.
Dr Alexis Nimo, Headmaster of Opoku Ware Senior High School lamented: “We communicated 700 at that time looking at the facilities at our disposal but when we realised we cannot handle the numbers that came in, we communicated it to them. For now the problem that will be encountering is furniture in the various classrooms. Those that have been abandoned for a long time, has to be worked on. We are at the stage of roofing. We appeal to the stories to come to our aid immediately.”
Samuel Salamat who is facing sanction by the GES for levying students also spoke to XYZ News: “we have been facing the problem of furniture shortage all along, we have about 2280 and need about 600 tables and chairs to run the system properly.”
Meanwhile, some stakeholders in the educational sector in the Daboya / Mankarigu District in the Northern Region are unhappy with the district education office for its failure to fix an existing problem surrounding the none placement of students to the newly built progressive free Day School located in Daboya.
According to some of the stakeholders, students, parents and teachers who spoke to us, they did not understand why authorities both at the district and regional levels waited till this year only to be declined access to school through the computerized placement system after they selected them.