Mr. Ashietey (in cap) inspecting one of the projects
THE Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Armah Ashietey, has urged contractors working on the various school projects that are to accommodate first year students of Senior High Schools (SHS) to work hard to complete on Friday.
Inspecting the classroom school projects for SHS in the Greater Accra Region, Mr. Ashietey enjoined the workers to work longer hours even at the weekends to be able to finish the project.
The Regional Minister said this when he took journalists round to inspect some of the projects in the region.
He inspected work on the Labone Senior High, St Aquinas, Accra Girls, Accra High, Presbyterian Boys Secondary and Achimota Senior High Schools.
The Minister said the infrastructure provided are satisfactory for students to start classes but admitted that proper planning must improve.
It’s unfortunate but it’s all about planning. We need to pay a lot more attention to planning,” he said adding “If we decide to do a four year programme, we must think it through. We don’t want to wait for a new government to come before we start doing something. But so far so good,” he said.
Projects in the schools visited with the exception of the Presbyterian Boys Secondary School would be ready for students on October 15.
A building in the Presbyterian Secondary School is yet to be roofed.
Mr. Ashietey said there was the need to put in place a structure to accommodate the fresh students, adding “We don’t want to delay students coming on the 15th.
The minister commended the contractors, headmasters and mistresses for their dedicated work to the projects.
Ms. Beatrice Adom, headmistress of Achimota School said they were coping until the buildings were complete. Meanwhile, she said the school was currently making some adjustments to the laboratory to make space for fresh students.
Form four students have to use the laboratory at weekends, we have to also prepare the final year students for their examinations,” she said.
Mr. Ashietey said despite the incompletion of the unit classrooms and the dormitory at Achimota High School, “I think that the headmistress has taken the initiative and using some old classrooms at least for the children to use. We will try to support her and make the school habitable.”
He urged the students to study hard to become good leaders of the country, as government and parents are focused in helping children with their education.
“You need opportunities to prepare yourselves for the future. The ball is in your court. Who knows who may be the next president, an engineer or a doctor. So you’ve got to work hard,” he told students of Accra High School.
Mr. Maxwell Appiah Twum, Assistant Headmaster in charge of Academics at Labone Senior High School, said they were expecting not less than 500 students and needed 14 classrooms.
“Without the accommodation, and the classrooms we can’t have any academic work. It’s very important to have the classrooms,” he said.
“We would manage and use the old structures to accommodate the students,” he added.