The government is committed to opening up E-blocks facilities around the nation, according to Education Minister Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum.
The completion of the E-blocks, he added, is a top priority for his ministry, and they’ll make sure the buildings are used for what they were intended to be.
The Apagya Senior High School in the Adansi South District of the Ashanti Region is the most recent of the 60 schools that the ministry has finished building out of the total 200.
It was challenging to accept kids to the E-block facility because of its location. This facility was intended to function as a community day school for the people of Apagya.
The E-block at Apagya, like many others located on the periphery of villages, required boarding facilities to complete its status as senior high schools.
The incapacity of the government to completely operationalize the facility had long been a source of concern for opinion leaders and community members in Apagya.
In response, the ministry built dorms for both male and female students in order to provide access for individuals who live distant from the institution.
Dr. Adutwum claimed that the government is still working to improve the E-blocks amenities rather than abandoning them. The previous administration had started building these facilities, he insisted.
“Continuity is key to good government. Thus, the E-blocks have not been abandoned by the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo administration. We have improved them by what we have done. I won’t argue that the fact that NDC initiated the E-blocks is a terrible thing from where I am standing. No. To make it more beneficial to the people of Ghana, we must take action if the site is poor.
Students have moved into the e-blocks that were situated at Dome-Kwabenya, Frafraha, and Agric-Nzema in Accra and Kumasi, and we continue to develop other structures. The E-Block in Apagya, however, cannot be regarded to be comparable. We couldn’t have launched Apagya without a dorm. As a result, I’m happy to report that Apagya Senior High School is currently open and using all those amenities, he said.
Additionally, he gave the assurance that the ministry will make sure to offer all of the facilities required to increase enrollment at the Apagya Senior High School.
James Kusi, the public relations representative for the Adansi South Education Directorate, reported that there are now 168 pupils registered in the institution.
Although the E-block is painted and some equipment has been put at the laboratory, certain classrooms still need to be fully outfitted, he continued.
Additionally, according to Mensah Bediako, the chairman of the Apagya Senior High School committee, and some people of the neighbourhood, the school still lacks essential facilities like a kitchen and eating area that would facilitate teaching and learning.
There are now classes including General Arts, Visual Arts, and Home Economics offered at the Apagya Senior High School.