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Some Senior High Schools (SHS) in Accra are yet to commence classes, despite school being reopened on January 5, 2019.
The students of the Green Track have returned to school for the commencement of their second semester, while their colleagues in the Gold Track will continue with their first semester after their Christmas break.
A visit to some selected Senior High Schools by The Finder revealed that heads of the various schools were in meetings for the greater part of the day.
As a result, they were not able to explain why classes were not in session yesterday.
At the West African Secondary School, the Headmaster, Mr Ofori Antwi, told The Finder that the return of the Green Track students was no cause for worry, as in the absence of the Form Twos there were adequate facilities to cater for the increased numbers.
According to him the situation “is the same.”
“If the Form Twos were to be here, it’s one track plus the Form Twos. Now the Form Twos are away so it’s the two tracks.”
1,194 double track students at West African Secondary School
He gave the total number of students in both tracks as 1,194, with those in the Gold track numbering 635 while those in the Green track numbered 558.
Form One students received all core textbooks
He confirmed to The Finder that all Form One students had received their prescribed textbooks for core subjects.
He, however, revealed that there were a few teaching vacancies due to promotions and resignations, but they had made temporary provisions for the teachers of the Form twos to fill the gaps until replacements can be found.
During a visited to the Achimota School, the Headmistress was heading out for a meeting with her assistants. In a quick conversation, she said that “everything is fine.”
Kwabenya Community Day Secondary School
At the Kwabenya Community Day Secondary School, some staff told that reporters that the Headmistress had gone for a meeting.
Students who spoke to The Finder said that they had only just reported to school and classes had not yet commenced.
They were however engaged with cleaning up their classrooms. Some were also spotted loitering or sitting with bored looks on their faces.
Teachers were also seen huddled together heartily chatting the day away.
At Accra Academy, the Assistant headmaster declined to speak to saying asking for administrative clearance from the appropriate authorities.
The situation was not much different at the Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School (PRESEC), where the headmistress was said to have gone for a meeting, meaning that her assistants were not at liberty to talk to the media on record.
In some of the schools visited, specifically Achimota School and Accra Girls, students were still reporting for school.
The students at the various schools visited told said both tracks have classrooms to accommodate them, adding that one track is occupying the Form One block while the other track are occupying that of the Form Twos.
Source: John APPIAH & Selorm GBORBIDZI, || The Finder, Accra