Structural hiccups greet day one of SHS enrolment exercises

Structural hiccups greet day one of SHS enrolment exercises
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Austin Brakopowers | Austin.powers@myjoyonline.com | Instagram: @realbrakopowers
Date: 11-09-2017 Time: 01:09:36:pm
JHS graduates trying to register in the Volta Region

Joy News' monitoring of the enrolment of fresh students at senior high schools (SHSs) across the country has revealed the exercise in some schools is fraught with some structural challenges.

Even though there was relative calm on the first day of the process Monday, some parents are seething with anger over the ‘Day Student’ status of their children.

Some of the parents said they live in one region while their children have been made day students in another region.

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“We stay in Nsawam in the Eastern Region but my daughter has been made a day student instead of being made a boarding student,” a mother whose daughter has been offered an admission at Accra Girls High School lamented to Joy News’ Justice Baidoo.

Another parent who journeyed from the Central Region to enrol her ward had the same experience.

“She was given her documents [but] we realized she was made a day student. When I asked them to change they said nothing can be done,” a disappointed woman told the reporter.

But the headmistress of Accra Girls High School has explained the school authorities used the index numbers of students to determine whether to make them day students or boarding students.

She said it might take a miracle for the status of disillusioned students to be changed because the government has provided funds for only 200 boarding students.

The situation at Mfantsipim in the Central Region is same as a student who lives in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region has been made a day student.

But there is another challenge which has to do with programmes offered some students.

Joy News’ Central Regional Correspondent, Richard Kwadwo Nyarko reports some parents whose children were given General Science are protesting for the programme to be changed.

“They said they know the capacity of their children and the science programme will not enhance it,” the reporter said of the parents.

The authorities at St Charles SHS in the Northern Region are displeased with the number of students allocated to the school.

Joy News’ Martina Bugri reports authorities requested for 150 students because of the school’s infrastructural capacity but they were given 280 students.

The school is currently facing accommodation issues after a fire tore through its boys’ dormitory last year.

“As a result of the challenge, the school has temporarily converted the dining hall into an accommodation and students are expected to eat outside while a new place is prepared,” Martina said.

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