The Headteacher of the Kwasi Nyarko Presbyterian Primary School, Mr. Richard Boakye Marfo, has painted the school’s building with his salary.
According to the headteacher, the school competes with preparatory schools in the community and in order to increase enrolment, the building has to look attractive to the pupils, thus, his decision to take the initiative.
Speaking to ClassFMonline, Mr. Marfo noted that since he took up the headteacher position in 2019, he has painted the school twice using his own funds.
“I was appointed in 2019 before the Covid-19 came. The school was established in 1965. Since that time, there was a lot to do on the building in order to attract enrolment. This time, people [pupils and parents] that are coming get attracted by the building because we’re competing with preparatory schools. This is not the first time. This time I painted it in white and blue; the Presbyterian colours.”
He further noted that the Ghana Education Service (GES) is not aware that he has used his own resources to paint the school building.
He, however, disclosed that the School’s Management Committee (SMC) and Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) were aware of the situation.
The Headteacher First Painted the School Last Year
He also added that people from the community were using the school’s premises for all sorts of activities, including a toilet because it didn’t have a gate.
“I fixed the doors and windows to prevent the townsfolk from using the premises for all sorts of activities. That’s what we can do to support mother Ghana,” Mr. Marfo said.
According to the headteacher, it cost him between GHS8000 and 9000 to paint the school.
He appealed to benevolent people to come to the aid of the school, as it lacks desks for the pupils.
“Our major challenge is desks; anybody who can help us can come to our aid”.
“I have written to the appropriate quarters to help us, so, anyone who can help us [is welcome]. We’re sitting in threes instead of 2 people sitting on one,” Mr. Marfo said.