Ghana Education Service expresses concern about un-utilised school furniture

The Ghana Education Service (GES) Council on Thursday expressed concern about consignments of school furniture not being utilised due to under-enrolment.

“It is often reported that in many districts, pupils do not have classroom furniture. In some districts, pupils carry desks to and from schools.

“It has therefore come to us as a surprise that consignments of school furniture have been sent to schools for sometime without being used because such schools are under-rolled.

“This, in the view of Council, is a waste of scarce resources in the midst of resource constraints.”

A statement issued in Accra by Agyewodin Professor Adu-Gyamfi Ampem II, Acherensuahene and Chairman of Council said it had therefore decided to send a task force to identify areas where such situation existed.

It said the task force would seek the collaboration of all stakeholders, including metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives, Regional Education Directorates and District Education Directorates to remedy the unfortunate situation.

“It is the hope of Council that this initiative will help ensure that school supplies are effectively and efficiently deployed to the benefit of our children,” the statement added.

The statement said since 1995, access and participation of all children of school going-age, especially at the basic education level had been one of the main objectives of GES.

“To achieve this objective, MMDAs have the obligation to build and equip schools in their areas of jurisdiction that shall permit children to have access to basic education, “it added.

Source: GNA

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