By Gloria Agyeman Prempeh
The headmaster of Effiduase Senior High Technical School in the Ashanti region, Hon. Ebenezer Kwasi Opoku is appealing to stakeholders to come to aid to support the school to grow since technical education is key to national development.
According to him, the school started with a few students under the initiative of the chief of Effiduase, Nana Adu Ameyaw in collaboration with the local churches to establish a technical school to train the youth in skills development.
In an interview with the New Crusading Guide Ashanti regional correspondent, Hon. Kwesi Opoku revealed that, the chief has released a sizeable land of 25.4 acres to start putting up the construction of the school because, he was worried of JHS leavers who do not continue after their basic education and therefore came up with this initiative of the technical education.
Even though, the idea was technical school but was mixed with some senior high schools subjects to motivate other people to get enrolled to continue their education to realize the dream of the establishment of the school, the headmaster hinted.
When narrating the challenges the school faces, he said, inadequate classroom blocks, teaching and learning materials, lack of teachers, funds and other things that needs to move the school forward.
According to the headmaster, the student population is about 600 and therefore believed that by September this year, they would move some students to the new site they are currently putting up at the back of the district assembly.
The headmaster who doubles as an assemblyman commended the district assembly for supporting them with roofing sheet and portable water at the new site they are currently preparing there to transfer the students by September ending.
He praised the chief, Nana Adu Ameyaw,for showing humankind to promote equal access to education in the Effiduase township and its surroundings.
Hon. Kwesi Opoku explained that since the idea was to motivate and encourage school dropout, they do not have enough funds to pay the teachers who are employed to teach in the school adding that if they are fully resourced, they will produce quality students and improve the training of students with skills development.
After speaking to the headmaster, this reporter also granted an interview with the chief who was the brain behind the Effiduase Senior High Technical School, Nana Adu Ameyaw, the chief of Effiduase, he stated that a country without the promotion of technical education is a broken one.
He made an appealed to NGO’s, civil societies, philanthropists, government and stakeholders to come on board and build the school together.