The Western Regional Minister, Mr. Paul Evans Aidoo, has warned heads of educational institutions and directorates of the Ghana Education Service to protect and maintain vehicles presented to them by the government.
He cautioned that they were not meant for funerals and welfare matters and heads that abuse or misuse the new vehicles would attract the appropriate sanctions.
Mr. Aidoo gave the warning when he presented 34 vehicles, including buses and pick-ups to some selected senior high schools, district directorate of education and colleges of education at the weekend.
He added: “The vehicles are not welfare buses; they are to improve teaching and learning in the schools. If you want to attend your funerals go and hire your own buses”.
Mr. Aidoo again cautioned the heads of schools and directorates not to allow their vehicles to be used for political activities especially during campaigns and elections periods to ensure that they stayed longer and served the purpose for which they were given out.
He stated: “The vehicle are not meant for you and your families. If you do that you will be creating problems for yourselves.”
He advised the school heads and other educational officials to work in harmony with parents, the communities and other stakeholders to improve teaching and learning in the region, arguing that they could not work in isolation.
Receiving the buses, the Western Regional Director of Education, Miss Enyonam Afi Amafuga, noted that the buses had come at an opportune time to enhance teaching and learning.
The region, she said, was faced with challenges including transportation as some of the district offices had no vehicles for monitoring.
Some too, she reported, had broken down vehicles thereby undermining official assignments and the promotion of teaching and learning.
“With these buses, we hope that we will be able to promote and enhance teaching and learning in the region.” Ms. Amafuga added.
From Clement Adzei Boye, Essipun