Labone SHS Suffers From Power Crisis

DSC_0534The Labone Senior High School in Accra, is one of the institutions badly affected by the current erratic power supply as students continue to grapple with the situation which is impacting negatively on their academic pursuits.

The School has no generator to help the students study wherever there is power outage at night.

To help save the situation, Mrs. Mary Amankwah, Headmistress of the school has passionately appealed to corporate organizations and philanthropists to assist the school acquire its own generator to aid effective teaching and learning.

She made the appeal at the school’s 46th Speech and Prize-Giving Day held on Saturday on the theme: “Education – The cutting Edge of Development in the 21st century.”

In addition, Mrs. Amankwah said the school was currently congested as there were not enough classrooms and dormitories to accommodate the increasing student population which currently stands at 2,750.

She said the school received a total of 866 fresh students from the Computerized School’s Selection Placement System this year which has exerted additional pressure on the school’s facilities.

She, therefore, appealed to government, the alumni groups and parents to help the school in constructing more classrooms and dormitories for both boys and girls.

In spite of the challenges, he expressed the commitment of the management and teaching staff to ensure discipline and high academic performance.

She mentioned that 81 percent of students presented for the Wet Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) this year passed and qualified to gain university admission.

Mrs Amankwah indicated that the school has a total of 106 staff, stressing that, currently majority of the teaching staff were undergoing a number of sandwich programmes to upgrade themselves.

Madam Sherry Ayittey, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, who was the guest speaker, advised the students to be highly disciplined and committed to their studies.

She also advised them to desist from misusing information technology, especially the use of social media, and rather use such facilities as learning aids to enhance their academic output.

Madam Ayittey, who is also an alumnus, reiterated government’s commitment to the progressive introduction of free secondary education and assured the school of government’s continued support.

Mr. George Loh, Member of Parliament for North Dayi, who chaired the event, noted that education remained a shared responsibility, and asked parents to support school authorities in training their wards.

He advised the students to shun bad company and negative peer pressure and focus on their studies.

Master Daniel Selorm Kotoku, the Boys Head Prefect, in his report, said it was regrettable that the school did not have adequate teaching materials such as markers and amenities such as classroom space and dormitories.

Additionally, he said for the past one and half years, the school has not had a nurse to manage the school’s sick bay.

“As a result, students who are suddenly taken ill especially at night have to be rushed to the hospital by their fellow students or at times teachers, either to the La General Hospital or to the Police Hospital for medical attention,” he noted.

Mr Kotoku added that all the school’s buses have been grounded which makes it difficult for students to attend educational programmes outside the school, and therefore, appealed for financial assistance.

Awards were presented to deserving students and teachers who have excelled in their various fields.

By Joseph Edu Arcison

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