The Minister for Education, Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has assured the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, that the nine model schools being constructed by his Government will be completed by the end of the year.
According to Hon. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the establishment of these 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.
The Education Minister made this known on Saturday, 26th September 2020, when President Akufo-Addo visited the site of the construction of one of these schools at Awaso, in the Bibiani/Anhwiaso/Bekwai constituency of the Western North Region.
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.
Hon. Matthew Opoku Prempeh told the President that the contracts for the construction of these schools were awarded in October 2019, 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 Minister told President Akufo-Addo.
He continued, “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) have twenty-four classrooms, and there are room for expansions.”
Hon. Matthew Opoku Prempeh told the President that plans are in the pipeline for the construction of thirty-five (35) more of such model schools around the country.