Minister of Education Donates beds to SHTS, Koforidua
Koforidua Senior High Technical School receives beds and mattresses from Education Minister
The Ministry of Education Honorable Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has presented 350 double-decker metal beds and 700 mattresses to the management of Koforidua Senior High Technical School (SECTECH) on Monday, June 7, 2021, to address the bed crisis syndrome in the school.
This presentation is as a result of a viral video taken by an old student which centred on the bizarre sleeping condition of the boarding students as a result of scarcity of beds in the school.
The video portrayed some students sleeping on the floor in congested boys dormitories, and others sleeping in pairs.
Briefing the media yesterday at the school premises, the headmaster of Koforidua SHTS, Mr Ofori Antwi, apologized to the government for any inconveniences caused by the viral video which he says was quite an old video, hence, did not reflect in its entirety the current state of the challenges confronting the school.
He opined, that the beds and mattresses delivered to the school have really augmented the limited bed's syndrome, which the school had battled with previously and has currently brought sanity in the dormitories.
"Let me seize this opportunity to first and foremost apologize to the country for the negative reportage that the school had for the past week or two," he said.
"It is just unfortunate. The video that went viral was taken somewhere in February by one of the old students but the current bed situation at the dormitory is quite different from what the video sort to portray”.
"We are grateful for the quick response from the Minister and we promise to put very good use of the items for the future generation to also benefit. I have drawn the attention of the Minister, and I have requested for total renovation to be done on some of the dormitories”
The Chief prefect of Koforidua SHTS, Benjamin Ampah Dukakis, on his part said, the inadequate bed situation forced some students to sleep on the floor which was a nightmare to many students and affected their academic performance".
He emphasized, that “in terms of where to sleep, it was a major challenge, and for today, we are privileged to have these beds.
"I think this will help subsidize the rate at which students had nowhere to sleep. We thank the President and the Education Minister, we will make all effort to keep them in good condition so that they could be passed on to generations to come,” Benjamin Ampah told SoireeNews.
The Education Director for New Juaben Municipality, Victor Degraft Etison, said, the intervention is a manifestation of the government’s commitment to addressing the needs of the various public Senior High Schools in the country.
William Ofori Akwaboa, Eastern Region