The Member of Parliament for South Dayi constituency in the Volta Region, Hon Rockson Nelson Etse Dafeamekpor, has expressed worry about the large number of projects abandoned across the constituency as a result of either the ousting or voting out of governments that initiated them.
He identified the Tongor-Adzebui basic school block which was initiated by the previous National Democratic Congress(NDC) government as abandoned project since assumption of office by the New Parriotic Party (NPP) government in January till date.
The lawmaker however described the abandonment of the project as a waste of vital national resources and called for a way to prevent future occurrence.
Hon Dafeamekpor made observation to THE REPUBLIC after he had posed a question to the Minister for Education on the floor of parliament in Accra last Tuesday.
Posing a question to the Minister for Education on the floor of parliament, the MP said, “Mr Speaker, I want to ask the Minister for Education when the construction of the Basic school block for Tongor-Adzebui in the South Dayi District which begun in 2013 would be completed.”
Mr Dafeamekpor also questioned the Minister as to when the new Boards of Governors would be inaugurated for the Peki Teacher Training College of Education after the old board was dissolved since January 2017.
However, in response to the question aDeputy Minister for Education, Hon Barbara Asher Ayisi said, the project at Tongor-Adzebui in the South Dayi District of the Volta Region was initiated by the District Assembly in 2007 at Contract Sum of GHS88,500.00 to messrs Glad Pana Company limited.
According to the Deputy Minister for Education, despite the challenges of accessing the project the site, the Contractor was able to complete the substructure if the project.
She added, Mr Speaker, information gathered by the Ministry indicated that the Assembly dies not have enough resources to complete the project and has asked for support to complete it.”
Nonetheless, Ms Barbara said, the Ministry would engage the Ghana Education Trust Fund(GETFund) on the matter for speedy resolution on the project.
With regards to the Board of Governors of Peki College of Education, the Deputy Minister said, pursuant to the Presidential Transition Act ,Act 2012 (Act 845, all Governing Councils and Boards under the purview of the Ministry of Education were dissolved to be reconstituted.
She said, “Administrative process for the reconstitution of the Councils for the 43 Colleges of Education (CoE’s) are currently ongoing. The Ministry is in receipt of about 85 % of the curriculum vitae of proposed members for the institutional representative of the various Councils of the CoEs from the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE).”
Ms Barbara further stated that, the Ministry has also submitted recommended members to the appointing authority for further action and however assured that all the 43 Colleges of Education Council would be inaugurated by end of November,2017.
But Hon Dafeamekpor said, the completion of the Tongor -Adzebui basic school remained an important project which government must do everything to ensure its completion and usage by pupil.
He said, the delay in executing the basic school project is affecting teaching and learning as the pupil needs conducive environment to enhance quality education in the area.
Currently, the MP said, “pupil are sitting under a shed which is not even conducive enough for animals nor to talk for education” adding that, such were some of the reasons why most teachers refuses posting to the school for some time and pupil have to endanger their lives in bushes to learn.
The project site, he noted has been abandoned such that, it would be difficult to notice that the ground is being prepared for building of a school block, saying that, “the school host about 200 pupil and they sits under such poor shed to learn and you can imaging why most teachers refused posting to that particular school.”
On the Peki College of Education Governing Board, the South Dayi MP said, the absence of the board is affecting students and the school management as they needed the board to take certain decision that would enhance the performance of the school.
He therefore appealed to the Ministry of education to expedite action on the Tongor-Adzebui Basic school project and also reconstitute the governing board for Peki College of Education respectively.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba