Forty-two of the day senior high schools (SHSs) being constructed across the country are ready to admit fresh students for the 2016/2017 academic year.
Ten of them have already been inaugurated while two are awaiting inauguration. The remaining 30 are at various stages of completion and are expected to be completed by October, when the admission of fresh students will take place.
Those inaugurated are Agona Abodom Day SHS in the Agona West District, Adugyama Day SHS in the Ahafo Ano South District, Adobewora Day SHS in the Atwima Mponua District, Nyanoa Day SHS in the Upper West Akim District and Chinderi Day SHS in the Krachi Ntsumuru District.
The rest are Barmiankor Day SHS in the Nzema East District, Nkwanta Day SHS in the Nkwanta South District, Otuam Day SHS in the Ekumfi District, Abease Day SHS in the Pru District and the Derma Day SHS in the Tano South District.
Ready for inauguration
Those ready for inauguration are the Agric Nzema Day SHS in the Ashanti Region and the Agona East Nemonwora Day SHS in the Central Region.
The Deputy Minister in charge of Tertiary Education, Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, who spoke to the Daily Graphic, said the remaining 30 would be ready to admit students by next month.
He said the remaining 30 schools were at the finishing points, some of which were left with painting, installation of fittings, tiling and external works.
Mr Ablakwa explained that nine out of the 30 would be ready for inauguration by Friday, September 30, while the remaining 21 would be completed by the end of October.
He explained that the 42 were made up of both the World Bank-funded ones and the ones by the government of Ghana.
Mr Ablakwa added that while those being financed by the World Bank loan covered the E-Block, Gate house, three-bedroom headmaster’s bungalow with a two-bedroom boys’ quarters, an eight-unit two-bedroom teachers’ flats and a multi-purpose canteen, those by the government of Ghana would be in two phases, where the first phase would cover the E-Block and the second phase would take care of the remaining facilities.
The 24-classroom E-block houses a science laboratory, a library and a computer laboratory, offices for the head teacher and heads of departments, as well as a teachers’ common room.