The Member of Parliament (MP) for Garu Constituency in the Upper East Region, Mr Albert Akuka Alalzuuga has cautioned the Minister of Education to focus his attention into educational infrastructure development instead policy changes he has embarking on since his assumption in office.
According to Mr Alalzuuga what Ghana’s education sector need now is not policy change but rather the infrastructure development to accommodate the ever increasing student intakes both at the basic to tertiary levels.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Today after hauling the Minister of Education, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh before Parliament to tell members the measures his (Opoku Prempeh) outfit is undertaking to complete some 123 Community Day Senior High School blocks started by the John Mahama led National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration which were under various stages of construction as at the time Nana Addo led government took over, the Garu MP insisted that what the Akufu Addo led administration is interested in is policy changes instead tackling the infrastructure deficit.
The Education Minister in his response hinted that, the Ministry of Education together with the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) has assessed the status of all Community Day Senior High School projects.
Dr Opoku Prempeh told the House that their assessment revealed that some of the projects are in progress whilst some of them have been abandoned with others yet to start.
Mr Speaker “As per the availability of funds, the Ministry is prioritizing the completion of these blocks on need basis”.
He however, assured the ministry is working around the clock to complete some more schools while cancelling some contracts to be re-awarded on needs basis.
“Contracts that have not been commenced at all will be closed out and budgeted for later. It is worth noting that the significant amount of funds secured by the Ghana Education Trust Fund with the able approval of this house will be used to pay for interim payment certificates for these projects currently lodged at the GETFund,” he said.
His response to the questions according to the Garu lawmaker was not satisfactory. He believed the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffu Addo and his Education Minister are playing politics with the projects.
“For two years running these strategic projects which was initiated by the NDC administration to reduce congestion, as well as to send secondary education closer to door-steps of beneficiary communities have been abandoned due to political expediency” he noted.
“If the Nana Addo’s government has been serious with infrastructure development to reduce the infrastructure like Mahama led government did, we won’t have found ourselves as a country in the mess we find ourselves in, specially the secondary education sector”. He maintained.
Mr Alalzuuga disputed the Education Minister’s claimed that the Mahama administration completed only 29 out of the 200 blocks they before exiting office
He insisted that the NDC led administration completed 46 out of the 200 planned Community Day Senior High School buildings with some 123 of them under various stages of construction before exiting office.
He therefore, called on the general public to disregard the figure the minister put out on the floor of the House.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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