Free SHS: The Boys Dormitory

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Vakpo Senior High Technical School (SHTS), an underprivileged second cycle institution in the North Dayi District of the Volta Region that could only admit about 247 students, now has facilities that make it possible
for the admission of over 1000 students.

The school’s headmaster, Vivienne Akosua Dzifa Sessi, said, “This transition that has taken place in less than three years has been made possible by the Free Senior High School (Free SHS) initiative launched in 2017 to increase access to secondary education throughout the country.” She said that while the school wasn’t where it needed to be, its current situation was much better than where it was.

A visit to the school by Daily Guide in 2016 found out that the technical school, which now has 83 staff members, was unattractive before the launch of Free SHS, had fewer staff members, lacked student placements, and was poorly resourced to the extent that some of the students had to sleep in classrooms.

The school began as a continuing school in 1975 and undergone a number of changes and curriculum improvements before it became a formal secondary school in 1991. By the academic year 2015/2016, there were 247 students in the program.

In the academic year 2016/17, this number shot up to 336 and increased to 616 in the academic year 2017/2018.

The academic year 2018/2019 saw a growth of 751 students, while the current academic year 2019/2020 has a student population of 1062, reflecting a 330 per cent increase from 2017 to 2016.

The population increase was matched by the construction of a new cafeteria, extra classrooms and dormitories, mechanized boreholes with the latest project being a one-story 12-unit classroom building and a 400-bed dormitory for boys complementing the existing dormitory for girls.

The school would soon add Science to the six already taught courses, namely Technical Science, Visual Arts, Home Science, Business, General Arts and Agric Science, according to Mrs.Sessi.

She was confident that there would be a long way to improve results by having a school bus, an administration block, an assembly/dining hall and a fence wall. She also called for an extra male and female dormitory block and campus staff housing.

Luckily, the president agreed, through the Minister of Education, Dr.Matthew Opoku Prempeh, that the school will soon have a bus and an administration building.

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