The Adventist Senior High School in Kumasi is exploring avenues to expand facilities to accommodate its increasing student population.
The rise in the number of students has compelled the Ghana Education Service to request Senior High Schools to place more students than demanded.
It is feared the situation would have a toll on the quality of academic performance in second cycle schools in the near future.
The Adventist SHS, for instance, received 337 students more than the expected 640 intakes.
“Our number continues to grow beyond the expected number and this year has not been an exception”, noted Head Teacher, Ernest Kofi Gyimah.
The school has been compelled to increase class sizes from 45 students to between 60 and 70 students depending on the program being offered.
Dormitory facilities are also under stress amidst fears of possible spread of diseases.
“Though there is a possible spread of diseases due to congestion in the dormitories, we have no option… we also had to create space at the dining hall to avoid going to dining in batches which affects school timetable,” said Mr. Gyimah.
He hinted of expansion works in the near future as the school negotiates for a parcel of land for the purpose.
The school, which moved from the solely day system to boarding in 2004 is now ready to receive its first set of female students in the boarding system.
This follows the completion of the first phase of a three storey boarding complex for the female students of the school.
The move is part of the school’s policy to prepare itself for the continuous increase in student population.
The Parent Teacher Association funded the project which will accommodate 200 students in the 2015/2016 academic year with preference to students outside Kumasi.
The Head Teacher expects the early completion of the project to decrease the burden of teachers and students.
“Students from areas outside Kumasi will not have to search places for accommodation and supervision will be easier for teachers since majority of the ladies will be under one shelter,” he emphasized.
Meanwhile, Mr. Gyimah has appealed to old students and other philanthropists to help procure an alternative source of power to ensure continuous supply of electricity to students.