Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Ga East Municipal Assembly in the Greater Accra Region, Mrs Janet Tulasi Mensah, has appealed to the government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to help revive all abandoned educational infrastructure projects funded by the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) in the municipality.
The completion of the abandoned projects on time, according to the MCE, would help bring about quality in the standard of education among the youth in the area. Mrs Tulasi Mensah made the foregoing call when she joined the Member of Parliament (MP) for Dome-Kwabenya Constituency in the Greater Accra Region, Ms Sarah Adwoa Safo, to commission a fully furnished three-unit classroom block with auxiliary facilities, comprising a computer laboratory and modern toilet for the Atomic Hills Demonstration Basic School. She noted that the facility was part of the MP’s contribution towards the development of education within the Dome-Kwabenya and indicated the MP and assembly’s commitment to continue to provide more education infrastructure facilities to help improve the standard of education in the constituency.
“I wish to bring to your attention that there are abandoned Ghana Education Trust Fund projects in virtually all the schools stated above and we have already submitted audited reports to the GETFund Secretariat.
“It is, therefore, our humble plea that you use your good office to fast-track the awarding of contracts for the continuation and completion of these projects to help ease the pressure on the existing facilities and improve the quality of education in the municipality,” she urged the MP.
She enumerated a number of educational materials, infrastructure and logistics challenges facing public schools at different levels of education in municipality, and called on government to come to the aid of the various public schools. She stated that the lack of classrooms and furniture continue to hamper the development of education as most public schools were over populated with between 70 and 100 pupils per class and were without sufficient furniture to help enhance teaching and learning.
According to her, the assembly needs 82 tables, 400 chairs and 29 cupboards for the kindergartens, 2,500 dual desks and 193 cupboards for Primary and JHS- 214 tables and 219 chairs for the teachers in the basic schools as well as 850 mono desks for the Kwabenya Community Senior High School (SHS).
She appealed through the deputy majority leader to the government for the provision of furniture, as the situation was gravely affecting teaching and learning in schools within the municipality According to her, although the assembly was doing its bit through its internally generated fund (IGF), it was not adequate to address the teething challenges.
Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU