St. Stephens Secondary Technical school (STEPSS) in Akyem Asiakwa in Abuakwa South Municipality in the Eastern region is reeling under serious infrastructural and furniture crises amidst the exponential increase in the population of students as a result of Free Senior High School policy.
The infrastructural and furniture crises in the school have forced students to sit on the floor to learn, stand to eat at dining, and sleep in an uncompleted dormitory block.
St. Stephens Secondary Technical school (STEPSS) located in Akyem Asiakwa in Abuakwa South Municipality in Eastern Region was established in 1978 as a private community day school and absorbed by the government in 1985. The school attained boarding status in 2019.
The school has not received any major infrastructural expansion and supply of logistics despite the exponential increase in the student population.
The Headmaster of the School, Frank Appiah lamented that “the school has never benefited from any package in respect of the distribution of school buses from the government to SHS’s since the adoption of the school by the government in 1985.”
Classrooms are congested while inadequate furniture forces students to either lean against walls or sit on the floor to learn or lean, and stand to eat at dining.
He said “students population have increased tremendously which has become necessary for the school to increase classrooms furniture. There is serious congestion in classrooms, some students at the moment sit in two in one mono desk, others also stand and some also sit on the floor for lessons .which is hindering effective teaching and learning.“