13 December 2013

Ghana: Is Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service Serious? - Date Published - December 13, 2013

editorial

Who would have believed that in 21st Century Ghana, a Senior High School, recognized by the Ghana Education Service, would be threatened with closure for non-payment of accumulated rent, only for a corporate body to bail it out?

No? But that is precisely what pan-African telecommunications giant, AIRTEL, has done for the Mampong Senior High Technical School (MSHTS) for the Deaf.

A Benevolent AIRTEL has paid a total of GH¢18,800 to temporarily solve the rent problems of MSHTS. The amount comprises GH¢14,000 of three months' arrears of rent and a year's advance.

AIRTEL also donated a 15KWA generator, valued at US$9,000 to give the school 24-hour power supply, whenever ECG engineers forget their pliers at home.

Making the multiple donations, the company's head of corporate communications, Mr. Donald Dwira said it was part of AIRTEL's social responsibility agenda, under which the company responds to the needs of the less-privileged in the society.

"AIRTEL took the initiative after hearing news about the impending closure of the school. We heard the news about closure of the school with a heavy heart; we were touched by the plight (of the school) and wanted to show commitment to a deserving cause by giving back to the community at large and the children in particular.

"AIRTEL is especially interested in education, which we believe is the backbone of every country's economy, hence assisting the school and the students who are the human capacity of the country.

Obviously, in contrast to AIRTEL's heartfelt sensitivity to the highly preventable sorry plight of the deaf students and the authorities at Mampong, those at the Ministry of Education, the GES and the District Assembly, whose duty it is to provide for the needs of the MSHTS, heard the news of the school's imminent forced closure with lightness of heart.

And why not? After all, it is their clumsiness and loss of concentration that has led to the unfortunate situation. If they had made provision for MSHTS' rent for the first eight months of this year, why did they not include the last four months?

Part of the bane of Mother Ghana is the lack of focus of our civil and public sector officials in the discharge of the duties we pay them with our taxes, to perform on our behalf.

Regrettably, their first concern of the majority is for what is due them and schemes to misappropriate what is not.

Ignorance of the law, or its misunderstanding, it is said, is no excuse of its infringement. The natural law which Moses stated as "a tooth for a tooth" and the Lord Jesus as "you reap what you sow", is said not to be limited to physical actions that inflict pain alone.

It is believed to also punish acts of commission and omission which often directly or indirectly inflict more pain than physical acts of affliction.

Imagine what further trauma would have been heaped on children who are already traumatised from birth with the pain of deafness, if their school had been closed down and been sent home.

No matter how long it takes, those whose negligence caused such avoidable pain would be required to compensate for it by suffering similar and equal pain.

A word to the Wise!

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