The Government of Ghana has procured and distributed 100 buses to some selected Senior High schools in the country. The exercise was geared towards the government’s fulfilment of ensuring the delivery of quality and well-resourced education to Ghanaians. He assured there is additional 250 on the way
The event took place with a short but colourful ceremony on Thursday, July 30, 2020. Vice President Bawumia handed over the keys to the heads of the selected Senior High Schools. It covered schools from the North Eastern, Northern, Savannah, Upper East, Upper West, Oti, Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions. Fairly, schools that enjoyed the exercise in 2016 were not included in this years’.
In brief remarks, Vice President Bawumia underscored President Akufo-Addo’s commitment to meeting the logistical and other needs of the education sector in order to produce well-rounded citizens.
“The President believes that the significant educational reforms that his government has rolled out since 2017 will come to nought if we do not provide the necessary logistical support for our schools to run effectively as they deliver their mandate for the Ghanaian child. Our schools have various challenges in the discharge of their administrative functions, and these vehicles, I am sure, will go a long way to help address some of these challenges.
“We are already addressing the issue of infrastructure, with massive infrastructure projects in all schools across the country, with even more ongoing, in fulfilment of our pledge to make education accessible to all.”
Dr Bawumia emphasized that the vehicles handed over to the schools and authorities had been fully paid for.
“In the past, vehicles were procured by the Ministry of Education without any plan of how or when to pay for it. This often put a great deal of strain on vendors and left the Ministry wallowing in debt. I am happy to emphasize the point that these vehicles have been fully paid for. That is competence and good management. I commend the Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, for his stewardship at the Ministry. I also commend the Minister of Finance for his understanding and support.”
“This government,” Vice President Bawumia pledged, “will continue to invest in the education of its citizens because it is the right thing to do. We will continue to invest in the frontline managers of our educational institutions. They are central to any education reform we seek to pursue, and we must equip them with the necessary tools to enhance their work. We will not relent on this commitment.”