Headmasters of the Bawku Senior High Technical School and the Bawku Technical Institute on Thursday called on the former students of the schools to form vibrant Old Students Associations that would help develop the institutions.
The schools, since their establishment as Senior High Schools and enrolled into the government assisted schools’ programme, have not been supported by their old students associations and that had delayed the effective development of infrastructure, and social activities of the two institutions.
The Headmasters made the appeal in an interview when the Ghana News Agency (GNA) visited some senior high schools to find out their problems based on complaints from parents about school accommodation in the Upper East Region.
Mr Paul Atogbania, the Principal of the Bawku Technical Institute (BTI) lamented the low interest of old boys and girls of the school to patronise activities of the school and contribute their quota to making the school a great one.
He said even though they were out of the school, they could still support it and contribute in some decisions regarding the welfare of the school.
He said they were the ultimate strength of the institution and urged them to support the growth of the school, citing schools like the Achimota Senior High school, Adisadel College, Prempeh College and Accra Academy among others that had unbeatable and continuous good performance in academic work and social status due to the contributions of the old students.
Mr Abdulaih Bukari, the Headmaster of the Bawku Senior High Technical School said the absence of theassociations had stalled the development of some infrastructural projects like dining hall, classrooms and dormitory accommodations since authorities of the school alone could not fight to bring the contractor back to work.
He said due to inadequate accommodation, the school in partnership with the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) was forced to re-visit the old structures which were used during the middle school system, in the 1970s, to renovate them to accommodate some of the girls.
He said the school lacked adequate classrooms and dormitories and that was making teaching and learning difficult and uncomfortable, disclosing that the school had over 1,878 students, with 1,208 continuing students while 670 were newly admitted students pursuing various academic programmes.
At lunch time in the school, the reporter noticed that students had their meals under trees due to lack of a dining hall.
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