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Nchumuruman gets CDSHS

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The Nchumuruman Community Day Senior High School (CDSHS) has been handed over to the people of Krachi-Nchuru district at Chinderi in the Volta Region.

This was at a commissioning by His Excellency, President John Dramani Mahama, at a ceremony in the region as part of his working for the people tour.

The school, which is the fifth CDSHS to be commissioned out of the 123 new schools being built by the Ministry of Education is also the second CDSHS to be commissioned in the region. It would begin with about 1,450 students.

The project has 24 classrooms, four Science laboratories including Chemistry, Physics, Biology and General Science.

It is also equipped with ICT laboratory, a well stock library, an Assembly Hall, an office for the head teacher, staff common room and 16 washrooms for both teachers and students.

President Mahama, cutting the tape to commission the school, bemoaned the deplorable old structure of the Nchurumuman SHS.

He took the opportunity to announce the closure of the old school building instructing that students with immediate effect be re-located to the new block.

He noted that about 2,000 children who would have been out of school are now in school in their catchment areas because of the CDSHS project.

President Mahama emphasized the need for the provision of science laboratories in the new schools and upgrading of same in already existing schools. He explained that it would help students acquire technical skills at the secondary level, which enable them to continue at the technical universities to help reduce graduate unemployment.

He hinted that 14 more CDSHSs are ready to be commissioned, noting that it would help decongest the already existing secondary schools to improve upon performance and expand access.

He said the CDSHS project is to encourage the youth of school going age to continue their education after their basic education.

He pledged his commitment to enable affordable education by all, announcing to the people that the sector ministry has been tasked to conduct feasibility study into expanding the progressively free education to boarding schools in deprived districts.

Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang said whilst work is been done to expand capacity of secondary education, her Ministry is also working to improve on quality at the basic level to prepare students to take advantage of the opportunities being created at the secondary level.

The focus on quality improvement she said, is on the back of significant improvement in enrollment recorded at the basic level. The total enrollment between 2013 and 2015 increased from 7,236,614 to
7, 700,309.

This she saqid, has compelled the Ministry to focus on improving learning achievement, as a report by the West Africa Examinations Council, Ghana, has revealed that a number of students at the basic level are unable to grasp fundamental skills in numeracy and reading.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang noted that to address the challenge, a number of quality improvement measures have been initiated, these include learning project, provision of input that facilitate teaching and learning in schools, partnership with communities in school managemen,t among others.

The ceremony was attended by the Volta Region Minister, Ms. Ellen Ntoso, Mr. Omane Boamah, Communication Minister, Alhaji Iddrisu Fuseini, Roads and Highways Minister, the two Deputy Ministers for Education, Messrs Alex Kyeremeh and Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa and other dignitaries.  

 


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