General News of Thursday, 29 January 2015
Source: Graphic Online
The Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Mr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, has cut the sod to signify commencement of work for the construction of classroom blocks under the second millennium city school project.
The project, comprising 18 classrooms, an office for teachers, washrooms, a library, computer and science laboratories, is located on the compound of the Odorkor Salleria Cluster of Schools in the Ablekuma North Constituency. The move is part of the Millennium City Project initiated by the assembly and would be completed in a year.
As part of efforts to end the shift system in public schools, the assembly has since 2010 embarked on a project of putting up new schools. As of now, 11 out of the 107 new schools under construction in the metropolis have been inaugurated.
At the sod-cutting ceremony in Accra, Mr Vanderpuije said in the next two weeks, additional 13 three-storey 18-unit classroom blocks would be constructed for various schools in the metropolis.
He said the move was part of the efforts the government was making to end the shift system and also promote quality teaching and learning in schools. He has urged teachers and students in the schools to produce good results at the end of their academic studies.
“It is our hope that our children will bring home good academic achievements. We want to see our children engage their teachers in a conducive teaching and learning environment,” he said.
He also asked parents to ensure that their children stayed in school. He appealed to teachers and education officers in charge of the various schools in the sub-metro to make sure that there was effective teaching and learning in the schools.
Mr Justice Joe Appiah, the Member of Parliament for the Ablekuma North Constituency, described the work of the assembly as development in the right direction.
He commended Mr Vanderpuije for promoting progress not only in the Accra metropolis but also in the country as a whole.
He said he was optimistic that when the school project was completed, it would go a long way to enhance the standards of education in the community.
The Metropolitan Director of Education, Mrs Angela Tena Mensah, promised that the facility would be put to good use.
She urged the people in the community to develop a maintenance culture and assist to preserve the facility for future generations.