26 November 2012

Ghana: Ex-Minister Criticises Schools Under Trees in Ghana

A former Deputy Energy Minister of the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) government, Dr. Kwamena Donkor, has said it would be unfair for a country like Ghana to allow school children to sit under trees and learn.

"It is not good for our future leaders to be allowed to learn in an environment where even the teachers themselves may not feel comfortable to teach," he noted when he handed over a GH¢80,000 three classroom, office and a store block named after the late President Mills to the local Junior High School (JHS), through the Ghana Education Service, at a ceremony at Dama-Nkwanta in the Abease Traditional area in the Pru West district of the Brong Ahafo Region last Friday.

The project is his personal contribution towards creating an enabling environment for teaching and learning for both teachers and pupils, in fulfillment of a request by the chiefs to enable the people benefit from the Better Ghana Agenda of the NDC government.

The aspiring parliamentarian cautioned parents and all stakeholders, including teachers, to take a keen interest in the welfare of school children, to ensure that the new school block becomes beneficial to the community.

Dr. Donkor, who is the NDC parliamentary candidate for Pru East, called on parents and stakeholders to collaborate with the government to raise the low standard of education to the highest level in the years ahead.

He appealed to the people to have confidence in the NDC government to continue its Better Ghana Agenda, by voting to retain the party in power for more development in the area.

He also called on the people to make the impending general elections violence free, in order not to create problems for the younger generation, and urged supporters of political parties to desist from insults and avoid provocative acts, before, during, and after the presidential and parliamentary elections.

Dr. Donkor promised to build an ICT centre and furnish it with lap tops and computers for the school, according to Mr. Stephen Wulnye, alias Kings, personal aid to Dr. Donkor.

The Krontihene of the Abease Traditional area, Nana Amaniamoah, commended Dr. Donkor for commissioning a three-classroom, store and office for the local JHS, to enhance teaching and learning in the area.

He said the former minister had proven his worth as a good leader who was committed to the welfare of his subjects. Nana Amaniamoah recalled how in 2010, Dr. Donkor also facilitated the provision of potable drinking water to the communities in the area, which was noted for acute water shortages, which affected the women so that they had to travel about 24 kilometres to fetch water for their daily needs.

He said it was no wonder, the late Omanhene, Nana Kokroko Nnwomakwa II, the Queenmother, Nana Frimpomaa Serwaa, and the chiefs installed Dr. Donkor as the Nkosuohene of the area.

Mr. Joseph Asizem, District Director of Education, who received the keys to the school block, praised Dr. Donkor for singlehandedly funding the project.

He said Dr. Donkor's gesture was commendable, for the fact that he had been supporting the community long before he conceived the idea of contesting the elections.

Mr. Asizem appealed to all other philanthropists to emulate the fine example of the former minister, who he described as very honest.

The Education Director urged teachers to take their job very serious, while appealing to the government to listen to the voices of those in the teaching and non-teaching field.

The Queenmother of the area, Nana Frimpomaa Serwaa I, who cut the tape to commission the school block, commended Dr. Donkor's efforts at promoting education.

She also commended Dr. Cadman Mills, brother of the late Professor Mills, for finding time to grace the occasion and witness the commissioning of the Atta Mills JHS block.

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