Gov't to Construct Dormitory and Administration Block for SMaVoC

The headmistress of Saint Mary Vocational Training Institute in Asamankese of the Eastern Region, Madam Felicia Akapame has revealed that the government has deployed contractors to inspect the site for the construction of a dormitory block to accommodate about 300 students at the school new site in Asamankese Saint Thomas.

According to her, the government has also revealed to construct administration block and a six-unit classroom block to be made story building to address the School's accommodation challenge as plans are underway to move the forty-year-old school to the new site.

Speaking at the launch of the School's 40th Anniversary celebration in Asamankese, Madam Felicia Akapame said with the help of Catholic Diocese of Koforidua and its partner in Spain, Manos Unidas, the School is currently having a six-unit block completed for use at their new site but due to the absent administration block and dormitory, they are still in the congested site.

She said the school, which was established in 1980 by the social Aid Guild of Ghana (SAGG), under the chairmanship of His Grace, Most Rev. Dominic Kwadwo Andoh, is currently having over 200 students studying General Electrical, Information Communication Technology, Cosmetology, catering, dressmaking, and other short courses.

The headmistress added that the School benefited from two classroom blocks with salon, walkway, and ramps to include Persons with Disability and appealed to stakeholders and philanthropists to come to their aid to move to their new site to increase enrollment.

Meanwhile, Most Revered Joseph Afrifa Agyekum, Bishop of the Diocese of Koforidua has urged the government to fulfill his promise to the school and pledged the church readiness to support the school to continue training people with entrepreneurship.

Saint Mary’s Vocational Training Centre (SMAVOC), until the year 2000 was known as Asamankese Women’s Vocational Training Centre (AWVTC) and currently admit male and female as well as persons with disabilities. 

The Centre started from a Mathematical Training Centre, which was built in 1965 for the training of catholic Priests.

Source: Kofi Atakora/

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