Thursday, March 26, 2015

Classroom Churches in Sagnarigu District Face Ejection

Sagnarigu DCE
THE DISTRICT Chief Executive (DCE) for Sagnarigu, Alhassan Mohammed Sorogudoo has directed for the immediate ejection of churches that have adopted classrooms as places of worship and did not contribute or support the Ghana Education Service in the maintenance of the schools. 

The DCE asserted that majority of the churches were mismanaging the classrooms, breaking study desks and windows without any attempt to repair them. As a result, Mr. Sorogudoo noted that, most of the schools in the district were now faced with furniture problems thereby compelling some of the pupils to sit on the floors during class hours.

The Sagnarigu DCE, who was receiving over 500 dual desks to some 15 public schools in the district, noted that the government could not continue to expend monies on school infrastructure and allow Churches to destroy them. The Dual Desks were provided by the Ministry of Education through lobbying from the two Members of Parliament (MPs) for Sagnarigu Alhaji A.B.A. Fuseini and Alhassan Dahamani of Tamale North constituencies.

The DCE charged the District Education Directorate to invite the leadership of all the churches worshiping in the various classrooms in the district to discuss how each of them could contribute some amount of money every month into a special fund for the maintenance of the schools.

“Director I hope you will take this seriously and communicate this to our churches and religious bodies who are using our schools and our classrooms as place of worship. They should see how best they could partners us. This message is not only going to our religious bodies but our masters or teachers who are holding extra classes and are charging fees to also see how best they could partner the GES directorate to maintain our schools, because I am somebody who is not far from saying that they should stop using our classrooms”.

He however commended the two MPs and the government for the support and therefore called on the chiefs and people in the district to equally support the government in the delivery of projects to the people by maintaining peace and security.

Mr. Sorogudoo charged the District Director of Education, heads of schools, circuit supervisors and teachers to play their expected roles to enhance quality teaching and learning.

DCE Receiving furniture from Alhjai A.B.A. Fuseini (R)
The DCE expressed dissatisfaction about the performance of schools in the district in the BECE examinations.

Presenting the furniture to the DCE for onward presentation to the District Director of Education, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Sagnarigu, Alhaji A.B.A. Fuseini said that the education was single most important thing that should occupy the attention of every person especially parents and office holders.

He acknowledged the high infrastructure deficit that had existed in most schools in the district in recent times especially in the provision of furniture. The MP confirmed meeting most of the pupils sitting on bare floors to write in most of the schools he had visited, which situation he said was affecting effective teaching and learning.

Alhaji A.B.A. Fuseini assured that more of such furniture would be supplied to the schools in the district based on the assurance given to him by the Ministry of Education.

He warned the beneficiary schools not to charge parents or pupils for the furniture since it was part of government’s commitment to enhancing quality teaching and learning.

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