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High Maintenance Culture Reducing

2007-05-09 09:45:49
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Alhaji Iddrisu Adam, Acting Northern Regional Director of Education, has expressed concern about the poor maintenance culture in educational institutions and said this must stop.

He said maintenance culture had so deteriorated to the extent that simple tasks that were geared towards preventing facilities from being damaged were often overlooked.

Alhaji Adam was speaking at Community Based Rural Development Project (CBRDP) Training of Trainers workshop for some district office staff on strengthening management and preventive maintenance of school infrastructure in Tamale on Tuesday.

He said because of the poor maintenance culture the life span of most school infrastructure had been shortened compelling the state to spend unbudgeted money to replace facilities sooner than planned for.

"These sad state of affairs must be checked especially in our educational institutions where we are still struggling for more of these facilities in our bid to achieve access and quality education", Alhaji Adam said.

Alhaji Adam said in spite of the enrolment drive in the region a substantial number of children of school going age were still out of school.

He said out of an estimated population of 372,285 aged between 6 and 11 years, the current enrolment was 344,974, which meant that about 27,311 children in that age group were not in school.

Alhaji Adam said it was therefore imperative for Parent Teacher Associations and School Management Committees to assist in the drive to enrol more children to enable the region achieve equitable access to education for its people.

Mr. Edward Osei, the Regional Institutions Development Specialist of the CBRDP, said it was important to structure community management in order to improve effectiveness and efficiency in the school management system.

He said the CBRDP had over the years adopted a strategy to establish, train and retrain school management committees to ensure community awareness on the importance of providing basic education for children

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