March 16, 2022

The Presbyterian Cluster of Schools and the St Luke Roman Catholic School in the Akim Oda Constituency would have new projects ready for use in the next 3 months.

This was the promise made to the schools by the Member of Parliament for Akim Oda, Alexander Akwesi Acquah when he was joined by the Municipal Chief Executive for the area, Victoria Adu along with the Municipal Director of Education, Mrs. Esther Quaye-Sowah to cut the sod for work to commence on a 6-unit classroom block for the Presbyterian Primary A and C; 10-seater water closet toilet for the Presbyterian Cluster of Schools and an ICT laboratory for the St. Luke Roman Catholic School.

The Presbyterian Cluster of Schools is without a toilet facility forcing teachers and students to go through a great deal of ordeal when they want to obey nature’s call.

The headteacher and staff expressed delight at the commencement of the toilet project which the MP promised would be completed within 3months.
The 6-unit classroom block to be built for Presbyterian Primary A and C happens to be one of the schools building that collapsed in the April 2021 after a heavy downpour that destroyed several buildings and properties in the area.

It was initially built by the PTA with support from the former Member of Parliament for Akim Oda, William Quaitoo. Since it collapse, the students have had to be merged with their colleagues from other streams creating congestion in those classrooms.

The ICT laboratory on the other hand was initiated by the MP after he donated 10 desktop computers to the St Luke RC School but the school lack space to set up the computers.

The MP therefore took it upon himself to provide them a suitable ICT laboratory to make teaching and learning of the subject more convenient and fulfilling.

Giving background to the projects, the MP disclosed that when he was writing to solicit support following the rainstorm that destroyed several buildings including schools in the area last April, he did not only write to government institutions but extended invitation to other corporate bodies for support.

It is one of those corporate institutions that is supporting the three projects. He, however, fell short of mentioning the name of the institution indicating that it was the wish of the donors to remain anonymous.

He said government has intervened in working on some of the affected projects and it was just good others are giving positive response to their needs that will accelerate the quest to improving educational infrastructure in the municipality.

All three projects, the MP said would be carried out by local constructors with strict supervision of the Municipal Engineer to ensure quality and timely delivery.

Mr Akwesi Acquah assured that this would not be the last as he is working hard to ensure other schools have their fair share of improved infrastructure. He added that soon they would be heading to Akim Zongo to work on some projects.

The Municipal Chief Executive is grateful that the cordial relationship between them is yielding positive results .She called for the support of all and sundry as they work to improve the fortunes of the municipality.

Meanwhile, the Municipal Director of Education, Mrs. Esther Quaye-Sowah commended the Member of Parliament for his efforts at promoting quality education in the Municipality.

She bemoaned the high enrolment figures in most of the classrooms and believes measures such as this, would go a long way to decongest the classrooms and give the students and teachers the needed conducive environment for teaching and learning.

Dominic Shirimori/