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General News of Friday, 22 May 2015

Source: GNA

Gomoa awaits learning materials from last year

The Gomoa West District has since the 2013/ 2014 academic year not received their lesson note books, chalk and other basic logistics from the Ghana Education Service (GES) .

The District also has just received the Capitation Grant for the third term of the last academic year, while that of the other terms are in arrears.

Mr Robert Bright Amankrah, the Gomoa West District Education Director made this known when the Central Regional Minister, Mr Aquinas Tawiah Quansah, met heads of government institutions and agencies of the Gomoa West District, as part of his 14-day tour of districts in the Region.

Mr Amankrah said the directors sometimes had to fall on the district assembly to support it with such logistics but that assistance was not enough.

He also identified inadequate basic logistics as the constraint to ensuring strict and regular supervision at the public basic schools in the District for enhanced performance.

He said the aim of setting up the supervisory body to effectively monitor the academic progress at the public basic schools was being undermined by lack of logistics such as vehicles.

He explained: “Public basic schools have been labelled as good-for-nothing institutions due to their poor performance at the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), for this reason, the GES set up the supervisory body but it looks as if it is not able to carry its duties effectively because there are limited logistics... No cars, lack of funds, fuel and many more”.

He said supervisors had been using their own resources to do the supervision for the past two to three years, therefore, they 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 also expressed worry over the ban on recruitment, saying many important positions were vacant in the District offices and urged the Government to consider lifting the ban on recruitment as it was having severe consequences on Education.

The Central Regional Minister, for his part, asked the civil servants at the Assembly to desist from feeding politicians with wrong information aimed at making them unpopular and ineffective.

Mr Tawiah asked the Assemblies to invite the heads of institutions and agencies to be part of their meetings, especially when the budget is being prepared, to know exactly the needs of each department to address them.

The Minister inspected some developmental projects being undertaken in the District, including the construction of a staff bungalow at Apam, a Polyclinic and teachers’ quarters at Gomoa Obrofo and the construction of the Dawurampong –Afranse road.

He paid a courtesy call on the Omanhen of 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 DCE.

The Regional Minister asked the chiefs to be ready to release lands for developmental projects for the benefit of all.