By: Albert Kuzor | Voltaonlinegh |
Chiefs and people of Shia in the Ho Municipality of the Volta Region have called on the government to provide the needs of the only second cycle institution in the community.
The school, Shia Secondary Technical School (SHISTECH) was built through communal labour as a community day school more than two decades ago and has since not seen any infrastructural development despite being absorbed by government in 2010 and transformed into both day and boarding systems.
SHISTECH with its current population of over five hundred students cannot boast of modern classrooms, teaching staff room, head master’s office, and laboratories for Science and Technical courses among others.
For the infrastructure in the school, a deteriorating ancient 3-unit classroom block converted into dormitory for boys which is congested due to an increase in enrollment, a makeshift kitchen and classrooms which are not friendly for academic excellence.
Paramount Chief of the area, Togbe Dadzawa III, indicated that the school was built by the toils of Shia citizens some years back and needed infrastructural development in the school to continue serving the area and the country at large.
Togbe Dadzawa made this known at a durbar on Monday to climax 2019 Easter Homecoming celebrations of the people held on the theme, “Mobilising Shia Youth for Development”.
The Paramount Chief who expressed gratitude to the current government and the Volta Regional Minister for completing a water project in the community and also for responding to the needs of the community, called for support believing that their (residents) efforts alone could not transform the school into what they dreamt of and so, the need for government to extend its support to the school.
Head teacher of the school, Joy Akpebu narrated the agonies of the school saying, “now our biggest challenge is infrastructure. You can look around; the shade you see there was sponsored by the Shia citizens outside home. Currently, we have 25 hectares of land, fully registered and since government took responsibility of this school in 2010, we cannot single point any infrastructural development in the school.”
“We have 12 classes under trees and now that the current government continues to promise us, our prayer is also that for the first project, we want 18-unit classroom block,” Mr. Akpebu added.
He commended the chiefs and people of Shia for their restless efforts in the life of the School, revealing that the only school vehicle, Mahindra pickup which was involved in an accident and currently undergoing repairs, had a native footing the bill for the repair works.