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Dormaa M/A Experimental Model Junior High School Cries for Urgent Support

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The headmistress of Dormaa M/A Experimental Model Junior High School, Madam Rosemary Appiah, has made a fervent appeal to individuals and corporate organizations for immediate support to address the numerous challenges facing the school.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), Madam Appiah lamented the deplorable condition of the school’s Assembly Hall, Staff Common Room, and Headmistress’ Office. The situation has forced teachers to sit under trees during non-teaching hours to do other related duties. This is unacceptable as it creates an unfavorable environment for learning.

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The school received an insignificant amount of GhC195.00 as capitation grant last year, which is insufficient to undertake any significant renovation work, according to the headmistress. Since her assumption of office in 2020, she has only received GhC256.00 and GhC560.00 as base grants, which have been used to purchase door locks and cement for some repair works.

The allocation and disbursement of the capitation grant have been unreliable, forcing the school to adopt creative ways to institute its feeding arrangements. The school employs and pays two caterers to produce quality meals once a day for the students. With the approval of the Parents Teacher Association (PTA), students are levied GhC4.00 daily to pay for the meals.

The headmistress revealed that thieves broke into the school during the last term and stole five ceiling fans, which was reported to the police for investigation and possible arrest and prosecution. In addition, some teenage boys living nearby the school have been trapping and harvesting fish from the school’s fishpond, depleting the stock meant for feeding the students.

In a nutshell, the school needs urgent support in terms of finances and logistics to create a conducive environment for teaching and learning. Madam Appiah appealed to individuals and corporate organizations to come to the aid of the school. The supply of mono desks to ensure a convenient sitting arrangement for students is also crucial. The situation must be addressed promptly to avoid disrupting the academic progress of the students.

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