12 March 2013

Ghana: Kumasi Girls SHS Is 50 but Has No Assembly Hall

The Kumasi Girls Senior High school (KUGIS) has observed the 50th Anniversary celebration of the founding of the school under the theme: "Development of Girl Child Education for National Development: The Role of Kumasi Girls Senior High School at 50."

But, amid the fanfare, it cannot boast of an Assembly Hall befitting an old school like KUGIS.

Ms Mary Kraah, Headmistress of the school, lamented on infrastructural challenges, while addressing the Golden Jubilee celebration of the school.

According to her, all the school's social activities, including church services, entertainment, seminars and other gatherings, were performed under trees, due to lack of an Assembly Hall.

Ms Kraah said an improvised Assembly Hall provided by the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) cannot accommodate a quarter of the school's population of 2,400.

She said several appeals to the concerned authorities over the years had not received the necessary attention, adding that a dormitory block and a 9-unit staff accommodation being undertaken by the government in the school, among other projects, have been abandoned by the contractors for the past three years.

The Headmistress, however, was consoled by the fact that the school was consistently scoring 100 percent in the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE/SSCE) over the years, making the school more attractive.

Ms. Kraah said the school was now one of the few first class girls' schools in the region, as it had achieved so much in the academic and sports fields.

She commended the Board of Governors, staff, workers and the Parent Teachers Association for contributing immensely to the successes so far chalked, and made a passionate appeal to the government, through Ministry of Education, corporate bodies and organisations, to help build an Assembly Hall and accommodation for staff, as the majority of them stay outside the school campus, which is affecting teaching and learning activities.

The Mamponghene, Daasebere Osei Bonsu, who represented the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, called on the government to provide the school with the necessary infrastructure, so as to improve girl child education in the country.

The Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Samuel Sarpong, said the government had embarked on infrastructure development in the various schools in the region, assuring that Kumasi Girls SHS was one of the beneficiaries.

He said he would continue to support the school's infrastructural development, and promised to address the Assembly Hall issue as soon as possible, to ease congestion in the school.

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