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General News of Friday, 22 May 2015

Source: GNA

Gomoa West Schools lack materials

The Gomoa West District had since the 2013/14 academic year not received a single lesson note book, chalks and other basic materials from the Ghana Education Service (GES), Mr. Robert Bright Amankrah, District Education Director, has disclosed.

Mr Amankrah made this known when the Central Regional Minister, Aquinas Tawiah Quansah met heads of government institutions and agencies of the Gomoa West District, as part of the Regional Minister's 14-day tour to districts in the region.

He said the Directorate sometimes had to fall on the District Assembly for logistic support, but the assistance had not been enough

Mr. Amankrah who was visibly disturbed, said the aim of setting up the supervisory body to monitor the academic progress at the public basic schools for enhanced performance was being thwarted by logistics such as vehicles, to effectively carry out its duties.

“Public basic schools have been labeled as good-for-nothing institutions due to their poor performance at the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE). For this reason, GES set up the supervisory body, but it looks as if it is not able to execute its duties effectively because there is limited logistics” he said.

Mr Amankrah said supervisors had been using their own resources to do the supervision for the past three years, and therefore appealed to the government to fully resource the supervisory body to be able to function effectively to achieve the purpose for which it was set up

He expressed worry about the ban on recruitment, as many important positions lay vacant in district offices, and appealed to government to consider lifting the ban on recruitment as it was having severe consequences on Education.

Mr Quansah asked civil servants at the Assembly to desist from feeding politicians with wrong information, aimed at making them unpopular and ineffective.

He asked the Assemblies to invite the heads of institutions and agencies to be part of their meetings, especially at the budgetary period to know exactly the needs of the departments and address them.

The Regiona Minister later inspected some development projects being undertaken in the district, including the construction of a staff bungalow at Apam, polyclinic and teachers quarters at Gomoa Obrofo, and the re-shaping of the Dawurampong –Afranse road.

He paid a courtesy call on the Omanhen of the Gomoa Ajumako Traditional Area, Obrempong Nyanful Krampah XI, who appealed to the Minister to ensure that a new DCE was appointed for Gomoa East as many developmental projects had been abandoned after the death of the former DCE.

The Regional Minister asked the chiefs to be ready to release lands for development projects when the need arose, for the benefit of all