BEREKUM Presbyterian Senior High School (SHS) in the Berekum Municipality of the Brong Ahafo Region needs a well resourced science laboratory for the teaching and learning of science in the school.
The school which converted one of its classrooms into a science laboratory in 2005 was established by the Presbyterian Church of Ghana in 1993 and it was absorbed by the government in 1999.
A three-unit science laboratory block which was being constructed through the school’s Internally Generated Fund (IGF) had come to a standstill at the lintel level as a result of lack of funds.
There are 200 students currently pursuing science and one of the classrooms that had been turned into a science laboratory could not accommodate them during practicals hence the decision to let some of them have their practicals under the trees on the school compound to ease congestion.
When the Daily Graphic team visited the school to find out some of the challenges hindering its smooth academic work, the team saw that science students of the school were having their practicals under trees on the school compound.
According to the Headmaster of the school, Mr Joseph Mensah- Diawuo, in spite of the lack of a science laboratory the school still placed emphasis on science education, since it was through science and technology that the nation could attain the status of a developed one.
He, therefore supported an appeal to the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) to provide the school with at least a one storey science laboratory or the Municipal Assembly to help complete the three-unit science laboratory which was started by the school.
In spite of these problems, he said the school topped the National Science Fair organised by the Ghana Union of Science Teachers (GUST) for all senior high schools in Accra with the production of a hair relaxer from cassava.
In 2008, he said the school won the first and second positions respectively during a similar competition held at Ho in the Volta Region with the production of cement and placed second in 2009 and fourth position respectively in Takoradi by producing fuel from pineapple and oranges for domestic and industrial use and also used ‘Kwahususuan’ to produce a beverage.
The Headmaster noted that the school was not a beneficiary of the construction of additional classrooms to accommodate first year students for the three-year.
That notwithstanding, he said the school’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) on their own had started the construction of a six classroom block which could accommodate about 350 first year students for the new academic year in September, this year.
He expressed his appreciation to the PTA which had supported the school infrastructure to enhance academic work over the years.
The headmaster said the school was preparing towards its maiden speech and prize giving day in November this year.