Westminster Comprehensive School is a private school that serves a wide variety of people from different race, ethnic background, and religion. Admission starts from age 3 and continues to Junior High School.
The school has a population of about 430 students (boys and girls) with 29 teachers and teaching support staff. The students come from the local town of Fumesua, though some have to travel about 15km to get to the school premises. Nevertheless, special transport is arranged to bring such students to school and send them back home after school.
Students of Westminster pay a small fee. On the average, every student pay about fifteen pounds (£15) a term. However, there are scholarship opportunities for brilliant but needy students. Interested volunteers who are willing to support these students in cash and kind are welcomed.
Students purchase their own books as well as other materials that would be needed/beneficial for their studies. The school also has in its stock a variety of books to supplement students and pupils efforts.
The school is situated in the small town of Fumesua, if you just stay in that surrounding area you really won't be short of something to do, people are always wanting to invite you out and show you a good time, you just immerse yourself in their lives.
Education in Ghana
Many parents will pay for their children to go to private schools rather than the government schools because they believe their child will get a better education. The state schools do not have a good reputation and classes are often left unattended.
The proportion of children in state schools is low, ranging from 16.1 per cent to 22.4 percent, tapering down further to lower proportions at higher levels of education. Illiteracy levels are high in the districts and higher for females than the males; the level is also higher in rural areas than in urban areas.
The School is situated in the Ashanti region, close to the city of Kumasi. The Ashanti region is endowed with a spectacular geography, which includes lakes, scarps, forest reserves, waterfalls, national parks, birds and wildlife sanctuaries. Notable among them are the Owabi Arboretum and Bomgobiri wildlife sanctuaries.
Kumasi is the second largest city in Ghana, with over 1.5 million people. Located in the Ashanti Region, Kumasi takes about four hours to reach from Accra. The city is a mix of urban and a laidback atmosphere, especially on the outskirts of the city.
Tro-tros are privately owned and operated minibuses and are as common on Ghanaian roads as potholes. These minibuses provide a vital public service by transporting up to twenty passengers around the city and countryside. It is the cheapest way to travel.