Avedzi Rescues Free SHS Students

…As He Commissions 12-Unit Classroom Block

The timely completion of a two-storey 12-unit classroom and four-room office block at the Wovenu Senior High/Technical School at Tadzewu community in the Ketu North District, in the Volta Region, has saved over 300 students of the government free senior high school programme.

The ultra-modern building, which was commissioned a week ago to provide classrooms to the first-year students, is the brainchild of Hon. Dr. James Avedzi, Member of Parliament (MP) for Ketu North.

According to the Deputy Minority Leader in Parliament, most of the over 300 first-year students of the Wovenu school would not have had access to the school if the 12-unit classroom block was not put in place.

“When I started lobbying the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) to put up that 12-unit classroom block, many were of the view that I was doing politics and that it would never be completed. I did not listen and I put in more effort, called the GETFund all the time and within six to seven months, the project is completed and commissioned.”

“As I speak, the school has been able to admit over 300 students who are placed there through the government free SHS programme. The school would not have been able to receive students of such number if that block was not built,” Dr. Avedzi told The Gazette exclusively at parliament in Accra yesterday.

The contractor, WILMEF Construction Limited, he noted, executed the contract very excellently within six months and provided additional four offices facility which were not originally part of the contract free of charge.

The 12-unit classroom building, the Deputy Minority Leader, said,  was formally handed over to the school last week at a ceremony witnessed by officials of the district, very senior pastors, community leaders and the general public.

He told the paper that, having realized the inadequacy of infrastructure the school requires to provide qualitative education for its teeming population, he took a bold decision, as MP for the area, and lobbied the GETFund to put up the building for the Wovenu Senior High/Technical School.

With the commissioning of the new ultra modern facility, Dr. Avedzi said, the school could now boast of over 24 classrooms to augment the lonely structure where the school has been operating for years, stating, “With this block, students can now have conducive environment for teaching and learning.”

Hon. Avedzi noted that education is one of the most important sectors of the socio-econmic development of any country, adding that irrespective of the richness of a school curriculum, the environment also plays a key role as it must be relatively conducive for effective learning to take place, which informed the decision to embark on the project.

He charged students of the school to take their studies seriously so the investment made on the infrastructure would not go waste, saying that, they could only appreciate the effort with excellent performance.

While reassuring his commitment to bring development closer to the people of Ketu North, through education, the Deputy Minority Leader and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament pointed out that there could not be quality education without facilities.

He therefore asked the school authorities to  take very good care of the facility and maintain the building to last for the purpose it has been put up for, adding that more structures would be added to enable them to produce quality products.




Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba

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