An official of the Lambussie-Karni District Education Directorate stirred up the hornet’s nest when she expressed her dissatisfaction with the quality of furniture supplied for distribution to schools in the district.
Madam Vida Polkuu, the District Girl-Child Education Officer, laid bare her frustrations when a fresh consignment of 1,200 pieces of furniture was presented to the Education Office by the District Chief Executive, Bom Kofi Dy-yakah, for distribution to some of the basic schools.
The Ghana News Agency report carried by The Times on Saturday, May 9, quoted Madam Polkuu as alleging that the school furniture brought to the district were of poor quality and could not withstand the weather.
According to her, the consignment of furniture was brought in bits from the south to be assembled in the district, and in no time broke down or deteriorated.
“Even the carpenters cannot maintain it because the wood is already rotten,” she says.
The Times is shocked at this revelation, and wonders who are responsible for this criminal act of supplying such poor quality furniture to the schools.
The fact that the DCE acknowledges the poor quality of the furniture is ample proof that this problem has persisted for some time, and is well known.
In all likelihood, the Lambussie-Karni District may not be the only district receiving such poor quality furniture in the region, or the country.
The Times, therefore, highly commends Madam Polkuu for her boldness in exposing it.
We do not believe that the manufacturers produced and distributed the furniture without any supervision or inspection by the education authorities.
Someone, certainly, has the responsibility to check the products and certify them for distribution.
Such a person, or persons, should be held responsible for such a lapse in ensuring that the wood and the final products are of good quality.
The Times, therefore, demands an immediate investigation by the education authorities and the security agencies into the matter, and those found culpable brought to book.