We will not tolerate any delays – Ablakwa cautions contractors of community school project

Deputy Education Minister, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has cautioned contractors working on the community school project across the country to work swiftly and ensure that all buildings are handed over on time.

He said all resources have been made available to facilitate their work and no excuse given by any contractor will be tolerated.

Speaking on Radio Gold’s news analysis programme ‘Alhaji and Alhaji’, the deputy minister said “we have indicated to the contractors that this is a priority project, they are urgently needed. Our children need to the schools very badly and we will not tolerate any delays.

“From the point of view of government, we have provided the funding…the resources have been made available for these project to be completed on time”, he added.

The building of these Community Senior High Schools (SHS) was a 2012 campaign promise of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) to enable more Junior High School (JHS) graduates access to secondary education.

The schools are also being built to reduce pressure on existing SHS in the country.

Also, some of the schools will be constructed in newly created districts which have no schools to save pupils from treking several miles everyday to go to school.

The deputy minister, who is also Member of Parliament for North Tongu said three of the schools are ready for commissioning and seven others are at the roofing level.

According to Mr Ablakwa 14 of the community day schools will be ready in December. The remaining will be completed by March 2016.

He said government will not only build new schools but will also ensure that the quality of education delivered in these schools is not compromised.

He indicated that government will also continue to refurbish existing schools across the country.

“We don’t believe in just building new schools and then leaving behind the existing schools. We will continue to improve infrastructure in all existing schools”, he said.

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