June 21, 2024
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Encroachers taking over our school land – PRESEC cries out on 20th anniversary

Headmaster of Presbyterian Senior High School in Tamale, Reverend Edward Asamoah Boaten has bemoaned that the school land is being encroached by individuals leading to a decrease in size of the original plot acquired for the purpose of the school.

He disclosed this at an event to celebrate the school’s 20th anniversary on Saturday October 29, 2022 at the Bamvim campus in the capital of Northern Region.

“Another challenge of the school is encroachment of the school land. Passerby and stray animals. The school land is being encroached. Many people walk in and out anytime”, the headmaster told the gathering.

“Some go to the extent of teetering their cows here, when school is in session. When you talk about them, some of them get angry. We have planted trees several times, and these animals have come to destroy them. It is therefore necessary that the school be walled”, Reverend Edward added.

Describing the challenges of the school as “numerous”, he indicated that what the school management mentioned was just a minute fraction of the many challenges the PRESEC is facing.

“Since the school was given the boarding status, no dormitory has been built for the boys. It is the structure that was put up by the PTA as a hostel for those boys who were coming from far away in the days when the school was a day school. Which is even congested now. If nothing is done about it, it may be difficult, if not impossible to admit boys into the boarding house come next academic year”, he stated.

“The classrooms are so woefully inadequate, considering the increasing  number of the students in the school. The school is currently operating at two(2) campuses ; Kukuo and Bamvim, which is about 6 kilometres apart”, the headmaster concluded.

According to him, there is the need to get an administrative block at Bamvim for efficient and effective running of the school, since the campus therein is getting  expanded every year per the enrolment the school witnesses. 

At the ceremony were representatives of Ghana Education Service (GES), The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), other teacher unions, old students, patents and representative of various chiefs of Bamvim and its surrounding communities.

Story by Fuseini Safianu

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