Stay away from Achimota School land– Estate developers warned

Picture 010 The Headmistress of Achimota Senior High School (SHS), Beatrice Tsotso Adom has appealed to the public, particularly estate developers, to stay away from the school land.

She said the expansion and growth of the school was being hampered by some persons who have decided to battle in court with the school authority over land acquired by the school many years ago.

“The school now has over 2,600 students with little space to accommodate them. Projects that could support the expansion of the school are all being held back because people are taking over lands allocated for these projects”, she lamented.

Speaking to the media at the 88th Founder’s Day durbar held under the theme- “Educating the child the 360 degrees Way” in Accra on Saturday, Mrs. Adom called for a stop to such activities and urged government to intervene on behalf of the school.

She described as sheer wickedness on the part of individuals who scrupulously obtain documents to lay claims to the school land.

“Admittedly, we have lost land cases in court. And in all these cases, people were able to provide some form of documents that proved the lands belong to them… a situation I found very strange”, she said.

She explained that the lands belonging to the school were purchased by government and handed over to the school authorities before the school was commissioned in 1927 by the then government headed by Governor Guggisberg.

According to her, the school needed land to build more classroom blocks, halls, dormitories to house more students and apartments for staff.

Professor Kwadwo Osseo-Asare, a lecturer at Penn State University in the United States and an alumnus of Achimota SHS, called for a collective effort in the fight against the encroachment of the school land.

He said the school authority together with its stakeholders, including the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service should put their heads together and find a lasting solution to the cancer.

“I am afraid that if an immediate solution is not found, this situation will remain a thorn in the flesh and it will adversely affect teaching and learning in the school”, he said.

Prof. Ossea-Asare, in his keynote address, spoke on a holistic education which requires the government to redesign the education system such that the intelligence of children will not only be measured by their performance in the classroom and examinations but also their creativity and talent.

He said the country’s education should give more room to flexibility, creativity and imagination instead of stiff examination which demands students to only produce what they have been thought without challenging them to build on their lessons.

He again urged Ghanaians to sacrifice for the betterment of the nation’s education and called on government to allocate more resources to the education sector.

He recalled how teachers gave up their leave allowances and taxed themselves during their days to support school management in times of difficulty and said such commitment, coupled with sacrifice and hard work, was essential for enhancing education.

By Charles Amankwa

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