[ 2012-03-10 ]
Don't Wait For Formal Launch - Ametefe Charges
DEPUTY VOLTA Regional Minister, Henry Ametefe has
expressed worry about heads of educational
institutions who abandon school buildings with the
excuse that they waiting for them to be
He has consequently directed school heads to make
full use of projects once they are completed even
if they have not been commissioned, saying
buildings are not meant for mere decoration.
Mr. Ametefe gave the directive at Ho during the
First Volta Regional Delegates Conference of Heads
of Basic Schools (COHBS).
It was under the theme: 'Quality Education
Delivery at the Basic Level: Challenges and Role
of the Heads.'
The order was given following several cases where
students were compelled to study under unfavorable
conditions while awaiting the inauguration of one
building or the other.
Late last year, media reports surfaced that female
students of Mawuli Secondary School in Ho were
made to sleep under uncomfortable conditions while
a three-storey dormitory remained unused because
it had not been commissioned.
The deputy minister disclosed that the
government's Accelerated Schools Infrastructural
Development program is on course and that over 200
six-unit classroom blocks are at various stages of
completion in the region. Government is also
seriously pursuing an ICT education policy in the
region, he said.
Mr. Ametefe noted under the Taipei International
Computer Libraries Project, eight senior high
schools have each been supplied with 50 computers
while government is collaborating with Intel
Cooperation to integrate ICT into the curriculum
towards ICT skills development for all.
He urged stakeholders to ensure that education in
the region improved.
Volta Regional Director of Education, Gabriel
Kploanyi underscored the importance of basic
schools in the provision of quality education. He
said a major setback to good education in the
region is the inadequate number of teachers.
He however encouraged school heads to make full
use the teachers available to boost results.
Mr. Kploanyi also called on parents, traditional
and opinion leaders to cooperate with the teachers
to instill discipline and hard work in the
The President of COHBS, Vincentia Darkey mentioned
delays in the release of the capitation grant and
the distribution of logistics as some of their
Others are the lack of computers, exclusion of
some head teachers from receiving allowances and
too many teachers leaving school to participate in
Ms. Darkey disclosed that COHBS has planned to
organize workshops for its members to build their
capacity in administration, ICT and current
Source - Daily Guide
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