Minority’s claim that Mahama’s E-blocks have been abandoned inaccurate – MoE

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The Ministry of Education (MoE) has dismissed claims that the E-block projects started by the Mahama administration have been abandoned by the Akufo-Addo-led government.

This comes after the Minority in Parliament have described as disappointing the failure of the Akufo-Addo administration to complete all the E-block senior high school project.

Peter Nortsu-Kotoe Member of Parliament for Akatsi North and Ranking member on the Education Committee of Parliament, wondered whether the current government has love for the people when this project has not been completed.

“I am disappointed, I am at a loss because if you know that your predecessor has invested public funds, why do you abandon the projects? Is it hatred for the people or it is love. This one is complete hatred,” he told journalists after touring some of the uncompleted projects on Tuesday October 19.

The Minority have said they would cause a probe into the 1.5 billion dollar security that was approved for the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) to undertake completion of critical educational Facility.

Dr Clement Apaak, Deputy Ranking member, Education Committee of Parliament told journalists after a tour of some uncompleted projects in the country on Tuesday October 19 2021 that “We are all aware of the inadequacy of infrastructure which is why the obnoxious double track system was introduced.

 “So when we have structures like this  90 per cent complete, at a cost of 9 million cedis  and yet we cannot complete it for students to have access to education , for classroom sizes to be reduced for  communities to have hope  that their wards are going to benefit  from the free senior high school, clearly, we cannot forgive government. “Because the 1.5 million dollars that GETFund was securitised  to obtain  was supposed to help complete what they themselves described as essential educational  infrastructure and they  indicated in their memo  to parliament  to parliament that was to address the increase number of students who have come on stream as a result of the coming into being of the free SHS policy, so why is this here.

“Is it that we don’t have the money? What have they done with the 1.5billion that we securitised the GETFund for? Is it not time they come to parliament to account for how many of the critical education al infrastructure they have completed so that we know there is value for money in a community such as this which doesn’t even have a secondary school. Is it fair?”

But reacting to their concerns in a statement issued on Thursday October 21, spokesperson of the sector Minister, Kwasi Kwarteng explained that from 2017 to Date, 31 new schools have been constructed bringing the total number of completed projects to 60 as of September 2020. It is important to note that all the 60 completed schools have been operationalized and currently in use.

The remaining sixty-four (64) projects, he said, have been categorized into three (3) groups. Category A includes twenty- one (21) structures at sixty percent (60%) and above completion.

Category B consists of sixteen (16) structures which is between 25%- 60% completion. Category C consists of twenty-seven (27) terminated contracts which includes projects that did not start and those that were at substructure level.

Below is his full statement…

RE: MINORITY TO HAUL EDUCATION MINISTER TO PARLIAMENT OVER ABANDONEED E-BLOCKSRecall that in 2012, the erstwhile Government announced its intention to build 200 Community Day Senior High Schools in the country to enhance access to Secondary Education. It is instructive to note that contracts were awarded for 124 out of the speculated number of 200.

It was expected that 101 out of the 124 will be funded by the Government of Ghana (GoG) in two phases. Phase I of the project consists of fifty (50) schools, and commenced in March 2014. Phase II was made up of fifty-one (51), and commenced in July 2015. The World Bank funded the construction of additional twenty-three (23) in twenty-three (23) districts under the Secondary Education Improvement Project (SEIP), which commenced in July 2015. This brought the total number of the E-Blocks to 124. Note that out of the 124, only 29 were completed between 2014-2016.

From 2017 to Date, 31 new schools have been constructed bringing the total number of completed projects to 60 as of September 2020. It is important to note that all the 60 completed schools have been operationalized and currently in use. The remaining sixty-four (64) projects have been categorized into three (3) groups. Category A includes twenty- one (21) structures at sixty percent (60%) and above completion. Category B consists of sixteen (16) structures which is between 25%- 60% completion. Category C consists of twenty-seven (27) terminated contracts which includes projects that did not start and those that were at substructure level.

It is therefore inaccurate to suggest that the CDSHS projects have been abandoned. Government of Ghana/Ministry of Education remains committed to completing all the remaining projects. Attached is a summary of completed schools

KWASI KWARTENG
SPOKESPERSON-MINISTRY OF EDUCATION.

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana