New-Look Teshie Cluster Of Schools InauguratedNews — November 5, 2010 at 4:38 pm Print This Post | Email This Post
A 2.5-million-dollar refurbished cluster of schools at Teshie south in Accra has been inaugurated by vice-president John Mahama, who stressed the government’s commitment to giving school infrastructure across the country, facelift.
The seven primary and junior high school blocks, were uninhabitable for more than decade, but to the generosity of Electricity Supply Board (ESB) of Ireland, the over 500 pupils can now learn in a congenial environment
The renovation works included construction of a resource centre fitted with 35 computers, a library, teacher’s common room, a network of concealed drains, a fence wall, and a new technical/vocational block.
Under government ‘s plans to address the poor state of school infrastructure, vice president Mahama said some 4000 school blocks would be co structured between now and 2012 to stem the “school-under –trees” phenomenon.
Government, he said, was also providing additional infrastructure to eliminate the shift system in some school, the check truancy pupils.
Commending ESB which used to service as consultants to Electricity
Company of Ghana but which now support the country as a philanthropic organization to improve school infrastructure, vice-president Mahama stated the nation building should not be left to government alone.
Impressed by quality of work, including the lighting systems, Mr. Mahama remarked: “this is a symbol that we share a common humanity and a common destiny no matter which part of the globe one comes from”.
“Government will partner NGO’s and philanthropic organizations to provide a better teaching and learning environment for our pupils”, he said, but noted that the quality of education depended also on the willingness of the teacher and the pupil to interact.
“ESB has created the environment and what is left is for the teachers and the pupils to bring about the kind of interaction necessary for optimum results, “Mr. Mahama said and add that the assistance by ESB was a clear manifestation of the goodwill the nation enjoyed for good governance.
The Vice-president called adoption of an effective maintenance culture to ensure that the new-look edifies last long.
Nii Armah Ashitey, Greater Accra Regional Minister, said ESB had agreed to partner the government to embark on similar philanthropic work for 5 years.
He said the Kaneshie cluster of schools was also been refurbished after which the Osu cluster of schools would follow.
Mr. Ashitey edged the district assemblies to show more interest in the development of education, saying, the low standard of education in the region was partly due to the adequate infrastructure at the schools.
Mr. Padraig Macmananus, chief executive of ESB, Ireland, said seeing the pupils study in an enhanced environment was enough gratification to the firm and looked forward to government’s continued support to help improve the country’s education.