Halt Use Of Classrooms As Worship Centres — Assemblies

DSC_1484Most Chief Executives of the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies in the Greater Accra Region have expressed displeasure about the use of classrooms of public school worship centres.

According to the Chief Executives, the practice was causing a strain on school facilities, indicating that for instance the removal of the furniture in and out of the classrooms for church services, has led to the breaking of hundreds of classroom desks.

They have therefore, urged the regional education directorate to halt the use of classrooms for church activities.

The chief executives made the call during discussions after the Regional Director of Education, Mrs. Elizabeth De-Souza presented a situational report on education in the region at a meeting of the Regional Coordinating Council in Accra yesterday.

Present were the chief executives. Presiding members of the assemblies also gave reports some of their departments and agencies in the region.

They equally expressed reservation about the way indigenous trained teachers were posted out of the region to the disadvantage of teaching and learning of the Ga-Dangbe language.

During the discussion, the chief executives, who took turns to speak on the two issues wondered why indigenes that were offered scholarships by some of the assemblies to teach the Ga language within that jurisdiction, were rather posted to other regions.

For instance, Dr. Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, Mayor of Accra, said the matter was of grave concern since the formative years of children’s education was best taught in their local language.

He said it was, therefore, sad that despite their investments in the training of Ga teachers, they were rather posted to other areas while those posted to the region were deficient in the local language.

In response to their worries, Mrs. De-Souza promised that the Education Directorate would do its best to rectify the situation.

She urged the assemblies to assist in ensuring that the schools were not used for church activities.

Earlier in his welcome address, Nii Djanmah Vanderpuye, Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister, said the European Union (EU) has provided funding for the RCC to carry out its monitoring and evaluation exercise of the MMDAs.

He said the development challenges facing the region were enormous such that it required the collective attention and support from all to mitigate them.

“Some of these challenges, you would agree with me are easily surmountable through altitudinal change by adopting good environmental management practices,” he said.

Nii Vanderpuye reminded the chief executives of their role as key actors in promoting development, saying “it is therefore paramount for you to place national interest above any parochial interest and work towards the common good of the region”.

By Lawrence Markwei 

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