The 2001 Year Group of the Koforidua Senior High Technical School (SECTECH) in collaboration with Ashfoam Ghana Limited donated 300 metal made mono desks to the School.
The gesture aimed at helping the school address the distressing furniture challenges it is grappled with.
The School has not been supplied with desks for some period now by the country’s education authorities and the introduction of the Free Senior High School Policy by the government led to increase in enrolment, worsening the desk deficit in the School.
Starr News reported severally on the plight of students in the School, some of whom lean against walls while others sit on plastic chairs and self-made objects to learn due to the inadequacy of desks in the School.
The Parents Teachers Association attempt to levy each parent Ghs100 to provide desks to students have been stopped by the government while the challenge remains unaddressed impacting negatively on the quality of education delivery.
According to Scofrey Nana Yaw Yeboah, President of Koforidua SECTECH Old Students Association, the government must fulfil its responsibilities to the school.
He said Starr News’ distressing reports on the plight of students in the School owing to lack of enough desks compelled the Association to step in by providing helping out with some 300 metal made desks.
“We thought it wise as an Association to also step in to see the best we can do. So we started as a campaign and one of our year groups, 2001, this year happens to be their 20 years when they stepped foot here so they also took it upon themselves to support. So the Association together with the year group in collaboration with Ashfoam which understood the plight of our School and with close to Ghs150,000 at hand they were able to provide something that is worth these quality 300 pieces of metal made mono desks,” he said.
He said SECTECH which is a Science and Technical School is also faced with a deficit of 1000 pieces of drawing boards, 1000 pieces of mathematical sets, 1000 pieces of Sets Square, T-Square.
The aforementioned challenges, he said impedes and hamper smooth learning in this school. He is, therefore, appealing to the government to as a matter of urgency supply the school with those teaching and learning tools to enhance the delivery of quality education which has been the hallmark of the school.
The Assistant Headmaster, Samuel Batarema, who received the desks on behalf of the School said the desk deficit in the school is about 1,500 hence the donation partly relief the burden.
“For some time now we have not received furniture in the school, so as an institution what we were supposed to do was to write and inform the appropriate quarters which we have done that, but as to when they will bring it that one we don’t know. The deficit is about 1500, so when you get to some of the classrooms you’ll see that the students have joined pieces of woods in fact, some of them have turned themselves into carpenters to join some woods to sit on,” he bemoaned.
The marketing and Communication Officer of ASHFOAM, Nana Yaw Ampem-Nyarko Antwi said the company is committed to striking partnerships to help address societal challenges using indigenous resources and skills.
He said the metal made mono desks which are environmentally friendly were made in Ghana by Ghanaians and with local resources.
Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh/103.5FM/Kojo Ansah