‘Innovation needed to deal with impact of energy crisis on academic work’

General News of Friday, 6 February 2015

Source: Graphic Online

Prof Naana Jane

Education Minister, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang has asked head teachers in schools where academic work is being affected negatively by the power crisis to be innovative in dealing with the problem.

Joy News’ checks at some schools in Accra and Cape Coast show third year students preparing for their final exams are being forced to cut down on late evening study time or PREP because of the crisis.

Telling the story of Accra Academy in the Greater Accra region, Joy News’ Francis Abban reported that three hours of evening studies has been cut to 30 minutes because of blackouts. The school also now has lights at night only once a week.

Some of the students appealed to Government to supply the school with generators.

But Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang told Joy News’ Joseph Opoku Gakpo in an interview there is no plan to supply the schools with generators. “This is a crisis, so we can’t have light all the time… We don’t have a plan to supply generators,” she said.

She called on students to take energy conservation seriously, and asked heads of schools to also be innovative in ensuring students take advantage of daylight to learn.

“… You put someone there as a head, the person is a manager. If I am managing a school, and I know they cannot have prep in the night, how best can they spend the afternoon? Can we turn some of the activities around? I’m not saying this solves the entire problem, but it calls on us to bring different managerial skills to be able to handle the situation,” she added.