Government urged to release funds for outstanding school projects

Dominic Adoboli, GNA

Dzodome, Sept. 17, GNA – Mr Alex Kobla
Woyome, the North Tongu Member of Parliament (MP), has entreated Government to
urgently release funds to tackle outstanding school projects particularly in
basic schools.

He said conditions in which some schools
continued to operate across the country made mockery of the goal of enhancing
quality teaching and learning.

Mr Woyome spoke in an interview with the
Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Dzodome on the sidelines of programmes to commission
two separate three-unit school blocks with ancillary facilities by the North
Tongu District Assembly for the basic schools at Amedorme and Dzodome in the

The MP lamented the Government’s failure to
complete the numerous school projects left unfinished when the National
Democratic Congress (NDC) exited power.

“Several school projects continue to
remain so, leaving teachers, pupils, communities and the education directorates
grappling with one challenge or the other as a result and Government needed to
release funds to complete them,” Mr Woyome said.

He lamented that standards in education were
falling with related issues of teacher shortage, lack of learning materials and
facilities, declining teacher-pupil contact hours, poor supervision, curriculum
and syllabus challenges.

“Currently teachers are not provided
with copies of the syllabus on the new curriculum. They were being asked to
look for soft copies and that is not the best for a country eager to grow the
needed quality human resource,” the MP said.

“We know Government cannot do it alone
and Government must also not assume it can do it alone. Parents, communities,
pupils, teachers and others have roles in this because it requires holistic

Mr Woyome said the NDC built schools and
teacher accommodation and provided other logistics but some projects it left
uncompleted at Nutekpor, Agbogbla and Agorgboe, among other communities in his
area, still remained uncompleted.

He said it was time constituencies firmly
demanded incoming regimes to complete all unfinished projects.

He commended the South Tongu Assembly for
completing projects at Amedorme and Dzodome among others and said education
remained his priority for which he used more than 80 per cent of his Common
Fund to tackle.