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Admission Of First Year Students Into Zorko Senior High School In Doubt As The School Is Faced With Serious Accommodation Challenges

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Bongo DCE, Alexis Ayamdor
Bongo DCE, Alexis Ayamdor

The Zorko Senior High School in the Bongo district of the Upper East Region is in a state of dilemma as to if it can admit first year students this year. This is because the school is currently grappling with a problem of limited accommodation.

Though the school is a boarding one, it does not have accommodation facilities of its own.

The Zorko senior high school began operation in 2009 from the Zorko Catholic Social Center and was taken up by government a year later.

With a current student population of 565, some students of the school currently live in rented rooms in houses in and around Zorko because the school does not have boarding facilities of its own.

The school’s buildings are also situated at three different locations within the community. This makes teaching and learning ineffective because teachers have to keep moving to each of the locations to teach.

Students and community members are constantly at loggerheads because they fetch water from the same borehole.

Teachers of the Zorko Senior High School commute from Bolgatanga, Bongo and other places to school every day due to the lack of accommodation.

Headmistress of the Zorko senior high school, Rose Avonsige bemoaned the numerous challenges facing the school but said despite the challenges, the school recorded a hundred percent pass rate in the just ended West African Senior School Certificate Examination.

The Ghana Education Trust Fund provided funds for the construction of both boys’ and girls’ dormitories and an eighteen unit class room block for the school. However, some of the contractors who should have been handing over the projects to the school by now, have abandoned work because some monies due them have not been paid.

District Chief Executive for Bongo, Alexis Adogdaa Ayamdoo told A1 News that efforts are being made to get the contractors back to site. He added that the assembly has made a budgetary provision to connect some communities in the district to the national grid and the Zorko Senior High School will benefit.

By: Joshua Asaah | A1radioonline.com | Ghana

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