It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Education that former President John Dramani Mahama has criticized the government for purportedly abandoning the uncompleted Community Day Schools commenced during his tenure.
It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Education that former President John Dramani Mahama has criticized the government for purportedly abandoning the uncompleted Community Day Schools commenced during his tenure. According to news reports, he made these comments during a visit to the Mpaha Community Day SHS in the Yapei Kusawgu District of the Savannah Region and made reference to that school.
It appears former President Mahama has been ill-briefed on this matter, and the Ministry wishes to clarify as follows;
- Physical work on the school has been completed since this government took over in 2017.
- The school is ready and available for placement in the 2019/20 academic year and featured in the choice list for the 2019 BECE candidates.
It is therefore incorrect for the former President to state the school has been abandoned. It is also important to note that contrary to claims by some functionaries of the previous government, President Akufo-Addo’s government has not abandoned the Community Day Schools project.
Of the 124 Community Day Schools that had been commenced under the previous government and were at various stages of completion, the World Bank, through the Secondary Education Improvement Project (SEIP) committed to building 23, whilst Government of Ghana (GoG) undertook 101. Of these, the total number completed to date are 34 under GoG and 20 under SEIP. By Dec 2016, GoG had completed 20 and SEIP had completed 9 of these projects. From 2017 Jan to date, GoG has completed 14 and SEIP has completed 11.
Under Phase II of the GoG projects, 51 contracts were awarded but no budgetary allocation was made for them. Only 5 have been completed so far, and government is making efforts to secure funding to complete them, through the GETFund securitisation process and other sources. It must further be emphasized that no contract awarded under the previous government has been terminated by this administration.
Indeed, the Drobonso Community Day SHS in the Sekyere Afram Plains District was completed in 2018 and made available for selection by BECE candidates. However, no student selected the school, ostensibly because of the difficulty in accessing it. The Ministry has subsequently awarded a contract for the construction of dormitory facilities at the school. Bassa Community Day SHS in the Sene East District and New Kokrompe Community SHS in the Atebubu District have both been completed by this government but face the same challenge of access due to their location.
It must also be stated that in some instances, even though the physical building work on schools had been completed and they had been commissioned by the previous government, provision of toilet facilities, water, furniture, science laboratories and others to make the schools operational were outstanding, and these matters were finalized from January 2017 to date. Examples include Avenor Community Day SHS in the Akatsi District, Krobo Community Day SHS in the Techiman North District and Gyarko Community Day SHS in the Techiman Municipality.
The Ministry welcomes constructive criticism and robust debate on our education system. However it is particularly important for a person of the former president’s standing to ensure that he is adequately and properly briefed by his team before he makes public pronouncements on such matters in order to avoid misleading the public.
The Ministry wishes to emphasize it is committed to completing the community day schools and other school projects left behind by the previous government as they are national assets and cannot be left to deteriorate.
Source: tnpnewsonline.com/ THE PUBLIC RELATIONS UNIT