AMA Gives Churches Quit Notice

nii oko vanderpuije_amaWith effect from January next year, churches in Accra will not be allowed to use classrooms for their services.

The Metropolitan Chief Executive, Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, who gave the ultimatum in Accra on Wednesday, said the move was to address the incessant noise-making and prevent the destruction of school property.

He said the activities of these churches caused extensive damages to school property and in the long run, hamper academic work.

Mr. Vanderpuije, announced this at the inauguration of a Millennium City Project for the Abavana Cluster of Schools in the Ayawaso Central constituency.

He said the assembly had directed the Metro Director of Education to serve a strong notice to the churches that from the next academic year, it would not countenance such activities whatsoever.

Mr. Vanderpuije said the constant removal of tables, chairs and other learning materials to make way for church activities, ended up in the destruction of these furniture and this would not be tolerated any longer.

“Churches must be held at designated places and classrooms must be used for their intended purpose,” the Chief Executive said.

Notwithstanding the directive, he said the assembly would be in close partnership with the churches to ensure the spiritual development of the metropolis.

He urged the school authorities to ensure full utilisation of the facilities which included a library, a science laboratory and an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) laboratory, in the development of the children.

He also advised parents to closely monitor the activities of their children and encourage them to take their studies seriously, since that would be the only gift for them in the future.

In a related development, the assembly, in partnership with the Osu Childrens Library Fund (OCLF), a Non-Governmental Organi-sation (NGO), has inagurated an ultra-modern community library for the people of Korle-Gonno to cultivate the reading habit among students.

The three-storey library, which is the eighth in the metropolis, has a well furnished theatre hall, with quality sound devices to help nurture talents and also to encourage entertainment among students.

Mr. Vanderpuije advocated the inclusion of library in the academic timetable of the schools to inculcate the reading habit among the children.

The founder of the NGO, Kathy Knowles, pledged their support and commitment towards improving the lives of the students, and urged them to put the facility to good use.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme  

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