A three-storey girls’ dormitory been put up to cater for female boarding students of the Adventist Senior High School at Bantama in Kumasi.
It adds up to the boys’ dormitory which has been in place since 2004 after the school was established in 1985 by the Bantama Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Currently, ground and first floors have been completed pending painting while works on the remaining two floors are ongoing.
Headmaster of the school, Mr Ernest Kofi Gyimah, in an interview said the project which began in 2012 is being funded by the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) with support from the Internally-Generated Fund (IGF) of the school.
He indicated that the number for the first batch of female boarding students occupying spaces for the 2015/2016 academic year was 200 – 100 continuing students and 100 first year students; adding that the number at the boys’ side has increased to 300 – 200 continuing and 100 first year students.
He said the school hoped to complete the remaining portion of the girls’ dormitory so as to increase intake.
He decried the situation of the school – limited space for infrastructural development but said having considered the challenge that female students of the school who lived outside Kumasi or even outside Ashanti Region had to hire rooms around the school premises creating inconveniences for them, there was the need to secure a parcel of land at closeby Suame for the dormitory.
He however, appealed to Manhyia to come to the support of the school, especially, in the area of land allocation to enable the school get space for infrastructural development.
The headmaster indicated that 977 students have been admitted for first year, though the school requested for 640 students due to limited infrastructure.
He said the school lacked some modern teaching facilities like science laboratory equipment, adding though the school had procured a standby power supply to manage ongoing unannounced power outages it would need a bigger one.
.The ongoing girls’ dormitory of the Adventist Senior High School, Kumasi
. dining hall of the dormitory
By: Joe Boateng