Keta Senior High Technical School celebrated its 70th anniversary with a plea to the government and stakeholders to help address the infrastructure deficit in the school.
The Headmaster, Mr Issac Dzidzienyo, highlighted the school’s struggles with infrastructure, which have been hampering academic work.
Mr Issac Dzidzienyo specifically cited the lack of improvement or expansion of the three laboratories for Physics, Chemistry and Biology, which was designated as “The Science Resource Centre” in the 80s. This facility now caters to over 700 students, a significant increase from the original 45, necessitating its expansion.
Other infrastructure challenges highlighted by the Headmaster included the absence of an assembly hall, forcing social gatherings and mock examinations to be held under trees.
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The dining hall which was initially built for less than 500 students, now caters to over two thousand students, resulting in students running shifts that impact contact hours. The school also lacks an official vehicle, causing the school to use public transport for official assignments.
He stated despite these challenges, the school has continued to excel in academic performance. The Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, praised the school’s management, staff, and old students’ commitment to academic excellence. He pledged the government’s support in ensuring that infrastructure challenges, which affect many second-cycle institutions across the country, are fixed.
The anniversary was celebrated under the theme, “KETASCO at 70: Retrospect and Prospect.” The school was established in 1953 with 25 students, and it currently has a student population of 3,679 and a staff strength of 188 teaching and non-teaching personnel.