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1,195,250 Boxes of Chalks Presented to Schools

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The Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service (GES) have presented One Million, One Hundred and Ninety-Five Thousand boxes of Chalks and other school supplies to Regional Directors of Education for the 2015/16 academic year.

Other school supplies include 42,000 pieces of teachers note books, 98,506 pieces of pupils’ attendance registers and 15,000 pieces of exercise books.

Presenting the items, the Minister for Education, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang noted that Government was mindful of its responsibility to provide teaching and learning materials and infrastructure.

The Hon. Minister stipulated that routine supplies of school supplies were always supplied ahead of time to ensure that learning begins upon re-opening.

She urged heads of institutions to use the proper channels to request and supply items for good documentation and accountability.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang hinted that the Ministry wais in the process of procuring textbooks for Senior High Schools (SHSs) across the country. Also, contracts have also been awarded for the supply of 291,814 school uniforms for Basic school children.

In 2014/15 academic year, the Ministry, with funding from DFID supplied 12,000,000 textbooks in Mathematics, English and workbooks as well as teachers’ guides to all schools.

With the provision of textbooks, teachers would have to do less writing on the board since every child has textbooks.

The Ministry also provided mental bunk beds to replace wooden ones, dual desk, basic and SHS table and chairs for school teachers. Mono desks were also provided at the senior school level. Tables and chairs were given to Kindergarten pupils.

She said this year, contracts have been awarded for the building of sanitation facilities at both the basic and SHS levels, while dilapidated school buildings would undergo rehabilitation.

Projects such as dining halls, kitchens, classrooms and dormitory are at various stages of completion, with 220 boreholes constructed at selected basic and senior high schools.

To eliminate schools under trees, the Ministry, in 2013/14 academic year with funding from the Government and the GETFund, started the construction of 1,614 classroom blocks across the country. In 2015/16 academic year, plans are far advanced to construct an additional 481 schools.

She urged all directors of education at the regional, metropolitan, municipal and district levels to support the Ministry to ensure that the items get to all schools before schools re-open.

The acting Director-General, GES, Mr. Jacob Kor, called on the regional Directors to ensure proper distribution and maintenance of the items. He expressed the gratitude of the GES for the timely provision of the items.


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