Community Day SHS projects take shape

SEIP pix1Works on the Secondary Education Improvement Project (SEIP) is steadily progressing as the first 50 batch of community Senior High Schools (SHS) under construction, are nearing completion.

Most of the projects in the Eastern, Central and theWestern regions are at high stages of completion.

For instance, the Community SHS at Bamianko in the Nzema East District of the Western Region and Otuam in the Ekumfi District of the Central Region, are 75 per cent complete.

During an inspection tour of the projects by the Education Minister, Professor Jane Nana Opoku-Agyemang, on Tuesday, the projects were found to be progressing steadily.

While some of the projects had just taken off, others were at the lentil and roofing levels.

Community Day SHS project is part of government’s efforts to enhance access to secondary education across the country.

Out of the 200 planned schools, 50 of the ongoing projects are funded by government while 23 are grants from the World Bank.

Ministry of Education on Tuesday also observed a high level of work completion at Nyanoa, in the Upper West Akyem of the Eastern Region and Bawjiase, in the Central Region.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang told journalists during the tour that additional, “50 SHSs have been selected for renovations and rehabilitation works to give them a facelift.”

According to her, other 75 schools have been selected to be furnished with laboratories, libraries and Information Communication Technology centres to enhance quality learning and teaching.

She was optimistic that most of the projects will be completed by the end of the year.

Prof. Agyemang commended the contractors for their effort in keeping the projects on schedule, and indicated that the ministry plans meeting the contractors on Friday to address challenges that it may be facing.

She assured of government’s commitment to improve the educational infrastructure at the secondary level and enhance quality education for SHS students.

Prof. Agyemang called on beneficiary communities to own the projects and support contractors for the effective execution of the projects.

President John Dramani Mahama last year broke the grounds for commencement of work on the first 50 batch of community day senior high schools in Nyanoa, in the Upper West Akyem District of the Eastern Region.

The project, is being implemented under the theme, “Fulfilling a promise: quality and accessible education”, and the construction of the schools is expected to increase enrollment at the secondary level.

Each of the schools would have 24 classrooms, three laboratories, two libraries, eight offices for heads of department, internet facilities among other facilities, and is expected to be completed within 18 months.

The schools which are being built by Ghanaian construction companies would make provision for future generations by building more facilities that would cater for growing populations.

From Charles Amankwa, Bamiankor

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