AMA gives churches ultimatum to quit

Churches fellowshipping in classrooms in the Accra metropolis have been given a six months ultimatum to find alternative places.

The Assembly in the latter part of last year, gave churches up to this month to stop using the classrooms; but it has however decided to extend the deadline to July.

The Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr. Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, announced these at a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a Millennium City School at the St. Joseph Anglican Cluster of Schools at Bubiashie.

The new 18-classroom building, estimated at GH¢2.5 million, comprises a science and computer laboratories, and would be made accessible to the physically challenged.

The Chief Executive said, the continuous holding of church activities in the classrooms affect the learning facilities, and should not be encouraged.

He urged the churches to look for new places of worship by July, warning that the Assembly would no longer countenance such activities.

“Prepare for alternative worship centres. No church in classrooms from July,” Mr. Vanderpuije stated.

Mr. Vanderpuije said the government’s aim was to improve the standards in the educational sector, and urged the public to ensure proper maintenance of the facilities.

He said that the Assembly after passing the Functional Organisation Assessment Tool (FOAT) within three to four years, had been given the approval to construct 12 new Millennium City Schools from next month.

Mr. Vanderpuije said the construction of the 12 new schools would cost GH¢30 million, adding that money for the project had been set aside.

He acknowledged the partnership the Assembly had enjoyed with the Anglican Church which provided land for the construction of the school, and urged other churches to emulate its gesture.

The Metropolitan Director of Education, Angela Tina Mensah, expressed appreciation to the Assembly for heeding to the call, and pledged to ensure the proper maintenance of the facility.

She said the construction of the Millennium City Schools in the metropolis, would go a long way to improve the educational sector.

Ebenezer Laryea, on behalf of the Assistant Bishop of the St. Joseph Anglican Church said, it gave out the land to enhance the dream of the government to improve the quality of education.

The Assembly has commenced the construction of 104 Millennium City Schools, which are at various stages of construction.

Out of this number, 11 have been completed and inaugurated.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme     

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