Story: Kwame Asare Boadu, Kumasi
APART from five educational institutions which are on recess, academic work generally will not be interrupted in the Kumasi metropolis during the period of the Africa Cup of Nations.
One university and four senior high schools (SHS) in Kumasi will remain closed for the period of the tournament.
They are the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), the T.I. Ahmadiyya SHS, Kumasi Academy, Opoku Ware School and Kumasi Girls’ SHS.
Educational officials in Kumasi told the Daily Graphic that the decision to keep the four SHS, closed was taken by the authorities in Accra and that they in Kumasi were not in a position to give any explanation for it.
Other sources, however, explained that the T.I. Ahmadiyya SHS would not re-open for academic work because of its proximity to the Baba Yara Stadium. The school is situated just adjacent to the western end of the stadium.
For the Opoku Ware School, the sources said the decision to postpone its re-opening date might have been informed by the use of the school’s football pitch as one of the training pitches for the tournament,
Even though the Prempeh College is one of the institutions whose fields are serving as training grounds for the tournament, the school has resumed academic work. Officials, once again, could not explain the decision.
For Kumasi Academy, however, no reasons could be assigned for its decisions not to re-open.
With regard to the KNUST, its halls of residence will provide accommodation for fans who will travel from other countries to watch the matches in Kumasi.
Besides, the Paa Joe Stadium is one of the training pitches.
Authorities were happy that the matches would be played in the evenings, saying that would give teachers the opportunity to watch the matches.