Save Oti Boateng SHS now -Parents Appeal

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By McAnthony Dagyenga, Koforidua
Parents of students at the Oti Boateng Senior High School (OBOSS) in the Eastern Regional capital Koforidua, are calling the government to as a matter of urgency come to the aid of the school, claiming their wards lives are in danger.
According to the parents, a classroom block on the campus is on the verge of collapsing as there is currently a threatening pit at the base of the block rendering its foundation weak.
A tour of the school’s facilities, as part of a Parent-Teacher-Association (PTA) meeting, parents got alarmed that the classroom block which was constructed and handed over two years ago had its classrooms’ floors broken and turned into dust for which Students now sit and learn in the dust.
The boys’ new bathhouse has been under lock due to poor engineering works since waste water does not find it’s way-out but stays as flood in the bathroom. Students now bath in the open.
Also, a dormitory block which was razed dawn by fire in 2016 had still not been renovated and still posing danger to the students.
The parents complained that fire gutted that facility before it gutted a similar facility at the Ghana SHS in Koforidua “but the government has completed renovation works on GHANAS’ facility and neglecting that of OBOSS”.
To the parents, they fear for the lives of their children and if the government does not take immediate steps “to save the school”, the unexpected may occur.
Some of them expressed their worries to Business Journal during the PTA meeting on the school’s campus at the weekend;
“We are told this old building was built 40 years ago, but it is still standing strong without any problem. However, look at this new one; built just two years now, it is already in poor shape. The government should check for quality work done before fully paying contractors.”- Ama Afrakoma.
“Washroom facilities in the school are not spacious and could make the students to be late for class since they would have to join long cues before it is their turn to clean themselves up. We appeal to authorities to do something about it.” – Cecelia Amisaa.
Another parent, Ben Asare, wondered what had been the supporting role of the Paramount Chief of New Juaben, Daasebre Oti Boateng, to the school which has been named after him.
He said they had asked school authorities to show them the contributions of the chief and the New Juaben Traditional Council to the school but “authorities have since not been able to prove a thing.”
Meanwhile, the Headmaster of the school, John Hawkson Aurther, assured the parents that there was no cause for alarm as school authorities would protect the safety of their wards.
He later in an interview appealed to the government to urgently assist the school to construct an assembly hall and kitchen complex, saying it is the prime need of the school.