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NR Minister Meets School Heads On Infrastructure

2006-10-16 22:35:25
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The first ever meeting between the Northern Regional Administration and heads of second cycle institutions in the region to find solutions to infrastructural problems in schools, was held in Tamale last Thursday.

The meeting, initiated by the Regional Minister, Alhaji Mustapha Ali Idris, was prompted by what he described as the "deplorable state of infrastructure" in schools in the region.

Alhaji Idris advised the school heads to be pro-active in dealing with problems in their institutions.

He expressed surprise that some of them could not readily provide accurate data on their schools when required to do so.

"It is sad and disturbing that some of you do not know the total number of staff, students and facilities in your schools."

The Regional Minister also accused some of the headmasters of using official hours to carry out political activities at the expense of their work and advised those involved to desist from it or face the appropriate sanctions.

"Nobody is stopping you from active politics but such a thing should not be done during school hours," he stressed.

He warned that the Regional Coordinating Council will not condone any activity that will undermine its determination to promote quality education in the region.

Commenting on the strike by teachers Alhaji Idris appealed to them to return to the classrooms while the government and their leadership work to resolve the impasse.

He asked teachers in the region to consider the plight of the children in the area saying "our region is far behind the others in terms of education hence, we should doubt our steps to catch up with other parts of the country."

The Administrator of the Ghana Education Trust Fund, Nana Fosuaba Mensah Banahene, who was at the meeting, noted that schools in the region are in a bad state and need special attention.

He assured the heads that some of the schools would soon receive support from the fund and urged them to show interest and monitor projects sponsored by the fund.

source: Times

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