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The Lack of Maintenance of Public Schools is a Headache -Kelvin Yeboah

The Lack of Maintenance of Public Schools is a Headache -Kelvin Yeboah

The maintenance of public schools and the institution responsible for it appears to elude the various stakeholders within the educational sector. 

Public school structures are often left in bad shape due to poor maintenance culture, a situation that leaves the public pointing fingers at the Ghana Education Services (GES). 

Mr. Kelvin Yeboah, the Executive Director of Valco Trust Fund during a meeting with the Executive Director of the National Schools Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA), Dr. Haggar Hilda Ampadu, queried about the institution, mandated for the maintenance of public schools adding that a definite response from the various stakeholders in education in Ghana is yet to come. 

He sorts to find out whether  the situation which is fast becoming a national headache is a responsibility of the GES, the Ministry of Education, the District Directorate of Education, the District Assembly, etc. 

“Who is responsible for maintaining the schools? Nobody seems to know exactly who is responsible. …we cannot go like this; we do not even know who is in charge of maintaining these schools.” 

A representative from GES at the meeting, Mr. Alex Anning, noted that there is a lack of clarity on the matter which has led to blame games among institutions in the education sector. 

He indicated that due to lack of decentralization in the educational sector the District Assemblies contend that the schools are yet to be owned by them hence their refusal to maintain them. In their view the maintenance should be from the national level, thus, GES or Ministry of Education, etc. 

On the contrary, Mr. Anning said “It is supposed to be the District Assembly but they have not yet own it. …the issue has to do with those who finance the building and maintenance and that is GETFund. So, GES itself does not have that money to do these things.”

On her part, Haggar Hilda Ampadu (Ph.D.) cited her experience having asked an MCE and a District Director of Education and both pointed at each other as to who is supposed to maintain the schools. She added that the uncertainty that surrounds the maintenance of schools is a challenge to her outfit.

“That is a problem, that is why the schools are running down. When we do inspections, we find out the conditions on which teachers are teaching. I think that is cut in the whole chain,” says Dr. Hilda Ampadu 

The meeting between the two institutions was aimed at strategizing on how they can work together towards improving the basic infrastructure in the Ghanaian public school system.


Source: Mohammed Bomanso Issah(Real Estate Times Africa)

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