The Deputy Spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, Yaw Opoku Mensah says the construction of Community Day Schools also known as E-blocks by the immediate past John Mahama government was a mere political gimmick.
Speaking in an interview with Wontumi FM monitored by EducationWeb.com.gh, the spokesman said the if erstwhile NDC government had put in place adequate measures, they should have completed at least 90% of the project.
Commenting on allegations by the Minority in Parliament that the Akufo-Addo government has abandoned the E-blocks, Yaw Opoku Mensah said the current administration is committed to completing all the projects in due course.
“NDC never awarded a contract for 200 E-blocks to be built but only 124. Even with that from 2016 to this time, only 60 have been completed and out of the 60 they leaving office in 2017 had completed 29,” the MoE official stated.
He said Akufo-Addo led government from 2017 to date has completed 31 of the John Mahama E-blocks adding that claims by the opposition the NPP administration has abandoned the project are to discredit the Free SHS policy.
“If the construction of the E-blocks was not to score political points, how can they build a school which is not close to the people and never considered how to accommodate the students and teachers in the school,” he told the Wontumi.
The Deputy Public Relations Officer said the Education Ministry led by Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum is committed to creating a robust education system in ensuring the realization of the Sustainable Development Goal agenda of the country.
Mr Emmanuel Kwasi Kwarteng, the spokesperson for the Ministry has also said the E-blocks started by the erstwhile John Dramani Mahama government will be operationalized when the next academic year begins in 2022.
He Friday told the Accra-based TV3 the construction of the Community Day Senior High Schools (SHSs) that have passed 95% completion will house some students of the Free SHS program in the next academic year
“What we have been doing and will continue to do is those that have passed 95% completion hopefully by February in the next academic year will be operationalized including the Aflao Chief’s own,” Mr Kwasi told host of TV3 Newsday.