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Government working to convert E-blocks into Boarding schools

Taofiki Saidu

Sept. 20, 2019

The government has hinted that it is in the process of building residential facilities for some of the E-Blocks that were started by the erstwhile administration.
This was revealed by the Minister for Education Dr. Mattew Opoku Prempeh when he took his turn at the Meet-The-Press Series at the Ministry of Information on Thursday, September 19, 2019.
According to Dr. Opoku Prempeh, despite listing some of the E-Blocks on the schools choosing list, many students were not attracted to them due to the lack of boarding facilities and also their location.
Addressing the challenges which characterized the 2019 Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS), Dr. Mattew Opoku Prempeh indicated that even though the E-Blocks are new schools, nobody wants to choose them due to their location and lack of residential facilities.
“When you go to Banka, Drobonso and other places, the distance between the town and the nearest school is about 10 kilometers, so how do the students go to school?…they are unable to make such journey on daily basis, so we are in the works of putting up boarding facilities so that the children will be attracted to go there, Because they are fantastically new schools, but nobody wants to go there”.
He was however quick to add that in places where the E-blocks were built in places that are easily accessible, students are rushing there.
“In places like Dome-Kwabenya, Paraku School in Kumasi, Kasoa, and Frafraha are “overflowing” with students”. Dr Opoku Prempeh said in the case of Kasoa, the MP has even requested “for more classrooms”.
Dr. Mattew Opoku Prempeh also announced that over 90 per cent of placements in senior high schools (SHSs) and technical and vocational institutes (TVIs) has been completed.
He said the 2019 Computerised Schools Selection and Placement System is the best since its inception in 2005.
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