Ledzokuku educ. directorate inaugurates new secretariat

mainA newly furnished education office complex for the Ledzokuku Krowor Municipal Education Directorate has been inaugurated by the Minister of Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang.

The two-storey building is part of 15 new district education offices built across the country with a 19.7 million-dollar education fund from the United States for International Development (USAID).

It consists of 13 office rooms, four washrooms, a conference hall, kitchenette, and a store room.

Speaking at the inauguration in Accra yesterday, Prof. Opoku-Agyemang said that the 19.7 million-dollar fund was also being used to construct 49 Junior High Schools, 50 kindergartens and 45 toilet facilities in deprived 34 districts in the country.

She said the 15 new district education offices and schools are expected to accommodate approximately 500 office staff and over 7000 school children.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang said government had also contributed GH¢2.56 million towards the project which was used for the pre-project and pre-contract feasibility studies and implementation activities.

She said out of 159 projects undertaken by the ministry, 140 have been handed over to the beneficiaries while 19 are near completion.

According to her, the provision of education office blocks was part of government’s efforts to strengthen the management in the education sector by decentralising the supervision role in the sector.

She said the offices together with numerous projects undertaken by government were to enhance access and quality of education.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang commended the USAID for its support to the country particularly in education over the years and urged them not to relent in their effort to ensure access to quality education for all children in the country.

The US ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Gene Cretz said the US government was committed to helping increase access to education by improving the education infrastructure in the country.

He commended the country for its achievements and sustainable objectives to enhance quality education saying “many programmes undertaken by government have propelled Ghana to emerge as one of 20 countries globally leading the charge to eradicate child illiteracy”.

In another development, the Ministry of Education has handed over 10, 000 laptops and 100 projectors to basic schools in the country.

The new laptops complement other 25,000 laptops that were distributed by government last year.

The computers have been uploaded with teaching lessons in various subjects including Mathematics, English Language, Science and Biology.

Prof Opoku-Agyemang, in her address at the handing over ceremony in Accra yesterday, urged beneficiary teachers and students to put the laptops to good use.

By Charles Amankwa

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