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Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang
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Management board and staff of Mepe Saint Kizito Senior High Technical School in the North Tongu District of the Volta region have appealed to corporate bodies and philanthropists to assist the school with infrastructure.

The management lamented that students of Mepe Saint Kizito Senior High Technical, the only senior high school in Mepe Traditional Area in the region are now studying under trees.

The school, which was established by the community with funding from the Archbishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Accra, the late Most Rev. Dominic Kodwo Andoh, lacked numerous school infrastructures which situation was accounting for students studying under trees.

“Presently the students don’t have a proper dining hall or an assembly hall.

The lack of these school facilities does not provide the needed comfort and serene atmosphere for effective teaching and learning of students in the school,” said the Headmaster of Mepe Saint Kizito Senior High Technical School, Mr. Anthony Komla.

Some of the boys are using inadequate structure put up by the community with support from a non-governmental organisation, as a dormitory whilst others are renting places in the community.

Mr. Komla noted that the situation would be unbearable this academic year because of the many new students who had applied for admission.

According to him, the community established the school because many of their children who finished junior high school could not get admission into senior high schools so they decided to open the school.

Financial constraint, he said, also makes it difficult for parents to send their children who were placed in distant schools.

Apart from that, he said, the area has about six junior high schools and most of them do not usually get placed by the computer selection system.

“Therefore, to reduce the dropout rate in the community, we decided to initiate the establishment of the school by levying the community members,” Mr. Komla said.

He said the board, through the chiefs in Mepe, acquired huge acres of land and appealed for the support to help the school develop the site to help absorb more students.

He said other challenges of the school included lack of staff common room, vehicle administrative block, staff accommodation fence wall, classrooms, workshop, and other teaching and learning materials

He said the school had a student population of 702 comprising 381 boys and 321 girls.
Source: Today

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