A six-unit two storey classroom block valued at GH₵780,000.00 has been commissioned by the Member of Parliament for Dome-Kwabenya, Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo for use by the Taifa Community Cluster of Schools.
The facility is to ease congestion in the school to enable the pupils have a very conducive environment for learning.
It was financed by the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) and through the facilitation of Hon. Safo who is also the first female deputy Majority Leader and Chairperson of the Women Caucus of the Parliament of Ghana.
Commissioning the facility at a short but impressive ceremony at the premises of the Taifa Community Cluster of Schools on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, Hon. Adwoa Safo applauded Beneath Limited, the contractor who executed the project, for doing a yeoman’s job by completing on schedule to ease the pressure the student population of 1,680 was putting on the existing but limited facilities.
According to her, once the government has made it a policy for all Ghanaians to at least have a minimum education qualification at the Senior High School level, providing quality infrastructure in the country’s educational sector is very important and a priority of managers of the economy.
She said government led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is very committed to his educational policy and will continue to invest in infrastructure and human resource to ensure that that vision is achieved.
Hon. Adwoa Safo, who is also the first female Minister of State In-charge of Public Procurement, while urging the pupils to take their academic very serious, also admonished the school authorities to take good care of the facility by adopting good maintenance culture to ensure the longevity of the six-unit two storey classroom block.
“This school in our community which is Taifa, is our pride. We want you to keep up the good work that you do for our children. I will pleaded with the Head Teacher and staff of this school to take the necessary maintenance and ensure the longevity of this six classroom block”, she noted.
Three other similar facilities located in Atomic, Ashongman and Abokobi cluster of schools were all commissioned same day to ease congestion in those schools.
Other ongoing projects in the education sector initiated by Hon. Adwoa Safo for her constituents include the construction of a 12-Unit classroom block at Kwabenya Senior High School, construction of a 2-unit kindergarten at Kwabenya Cluster of Schools (financed through the MP’s Common Fund”, and the construction of a six classroom block at Dome M/A Cluster of Schools and many others.
The Ga East Municipal Chief Executive, Janet Tulasi Mensah, on her part, gave accounts on the present needs of the municipality and appealed to Hon. Adwoa Safo to use her good office to lobby for the award of contracts to complete all abandoned GETFund projects in some of the public schools in the area.
“We need 36 classroom blocks, 82 tables, 400 chairs and 29 cupboards for the kindergartens. 2500 dual desks and 193 cupboards for primary and Junior High Schools. 214 tables and 219 chairs for teachers in the basic schools as well as 850 mono desks for the Kwabenya Community Senior High School”, she noted.
She went further to appeal to the Ministry of Education through the MP to assist the Assembly to construct walls around the public basic schools which have become a thorough fare, threatening the security of pupils and putting the lives of teachers and children in danger while obstructing effective teaching and learning.
“People trade on the compounds at will and some have found abode in the classrooms and sleep there when schools are not in session while others defecate in the classrooms or on the compounds. Again, stray animals litter the compounds and classrooms with their droppings and urine making the place untidy, inhabitable and unsafe for teaching and learning. The situation is very distasteful and security threat to our schools and needs urgent attention”, she pleaded.
The Ga East Municipal Education Director, Mrs. Bernice Ofori also speaking at the event said the commissioning of the facility is timely since many of the classrooms get flooded whenever it rains and because of that some pupils always take advantage of the situation to absent themselves from school.
She told the crowd that she is very optimistic that the shift system in some of the basic schools in the municipality will cease if the trend of building new classroom blocks continues.