Inadequate furniture major threat to pre-school education
From Francis Owusu-Ansah, Bechem
Participants at a Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) forum have identified inadequate furniture as the major problem facing pre-school education service delivery in the Tano South Municipality in the Ahafo Region.
Pre-school education, which was integrated into the mainstream education in Ghana some few years ago, has not received the needed support in terms of school infrastructure, furniture and other teaching and learning materials.
The forum was organised by Hope Alive 360 Foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), in partnership with CDD-GHANA, with support from the Hewlett Foundation.
It discussed the current state of service delivery as part of the ‘I AM AWARE’ project activities at Bechem.
The forum brought together duty-bearers from the Tano South Municipality, citizens groups and members of the ‘I AM AWARE’ Social Action group to discuss the current state of service delivery in the healthcare, education, security, water and sanitation sectors to bring stakeholders up to speed on the successes and challenges of service delivery in these sectors, and what duty-bearers are doing to overcome them.
Other challenges identified with education service delivery include bad roads which affect supervision, and lack of office for supervisors in circuit centres, overly longer stay of some teachers in particular communities, and drinking of alcohol by some teachers during contact hours.
On health, pregnant women not attending antenatal sessions was identified to be a major challenge to quality healthcare delivery.
According to the Municipal Health Directorate, “the low rate of antenatal attendance and pregnant women delivery at home, especially in remote communities, continues to be a major contributing factor to maternal and child mortality in the district.”
Addressing the forum, the Coordinating Director of the Tano South Municipal Assembly, Mr. Ayambiri Akaditi, tasked social action groups and citizens groups established as part of the ‘I AM AWARE’ project to furnish the assembly with data on water, sanitation and hygiene challenges in the various schools and health facilities, to help the assembly address them.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Tano South, Mr. Collins Ofinam, revealed that the assembly was committed to supplying one thousand desks to basic schools in the municipality. He, however, appealed to parents to also support their children with items such as desks, since the municipality has a lot of needs to meet with very little resources.