The Minister of Education and Member of Parliament for Manhyia South Constituency, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh has said the construction of the ongoing 9 new model schools will be completed by the end of this year.
The Education Minister speaking to President Nana Akufo-Addo at Awaso said the establishment of the new Senior High Schools comprises the construction of seven (7) new Senior High Schools and the upgrading of two (2) existing schools into model schools, making a total of nine (9) schools.
According to him, the seven new schools are located at Kwadaso, Dabaa, Awaso, Abomosu, Akrodie, Weija and Kpasenkpe. Seven (7) out of the nine (9) schools are proposed science-focused schools, with the other two being the first-ever Creative Arts School, Kwadaso, in Kumasi, and a Senior High Technical School at Dabaa, named after former President J. A. Kufour.
Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh told Excellency Akufo-Addo the contracts for the construction of the schools were awarded in October last year and the sites were handed over to the contractors by the consultants a month later.
“This school (at Awaso) is being called a model school because that is how a school should look like, with the full complement of activities, from playing fields to administrative buildings, to libraries, and it is happening under your watch”, the Member of Parliament told the President.
NAPO continued that, “When you compare it (model schools) the E-block, the E-block has only twelve (12) classrooms, and this V-Block (in the model schools) has twenty-four classrooms, and there is room for expansions.”
The Minister furthered that plans are underway for the construction of thirty-five (35) more of such model schools around the country.