Authorities of Adisadel College in Cape Coast say the college will reduce by 50% its regular admission intake in the 2017/2018 academic year.
Adisadel College reduced its intake from 920 students in the 2015/2016 academic year to 423 for the 2016/2017 academic year, a percent reduction of 54.
Speaking at the School’s 107th anniversary and Speech and prize given day, the headmaster of the school, William Kusi Yeboah, maintained that until accommodation facilities and other infrastructural needs of the college improve, it will continue to reject students.
“It must be mentioned the document by stakeholders on admissions served as a guide for the 2016/2017 SHS 1 admissions and shall remain so for the years ahead till accommodation facilities in our College improve.
“This goes to explain the earlier decision by stakeholders, that in year 2017, if the accommodation facilities remain unchanged, another temporary House – New House 2 – will be dissolved to claim back those classrooms for use as such,” he added.
Adisadel College is not the only school in Cape Coast that has vowed to reduce their intake of first year students in the 2017/2018 academic year.
The Ghana National College, Academy of Christ The King, Wesley Girls High Schools have all gone the same way.
Schools that have begun complaining are facing critical infrastructural challenges that are threatening the quality of teaching and learning.
At Academy of Christ the King for instance, lessons take place under canopies and classes have to end if it rains or the sun becomes unbearable.
It is in the light of this that the headmaster of Adisadel College, William Kusi Yeboah, says stakeholders of the School as a way of maintaining their enviable academic prowess won’t sacrifice quantity for the quality they have fought for over the years.
Despite these infrastructural challenges, Minister for Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea an old boy and the Guest Speaker at the event, says President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo has a very good reason for implementing the SHS free in Ghana despite the meagre resources.
“It is real leadership that turns on the light in the darkness of the nation and directs that the human capital and human development should top every priority list.
Accordingly, within our meagre resources, senior high school, according to the vision of president Akufo Addo will be free and open to all. After all, it is the educated mind at every level that will ultimately drive the GDP upwards.”