To improve accessibility, equity and quality of education at the basic school level in the Metropolis, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has commissioned three Metropolitan City Schools at a ceremony in Accra on July 18, 2018.


The schools are La-Bawaleshie Presby Cluster of Schools, Accra College of Education Demonstration School and the Maamobi Prisons Cluster of Schools.


The schools, expected to accommodate about 800 school children and  enhance teaching and learning, come with a 3-storey 18 Unit Classroom Block with a Kindergarten Block and ancillary facilities including science laboratories, computer laboratories and libraries. 


Mr Mohammed Adjei Sowah, Chief Executive Officer of the AMA, who commissioned the schools noted that the provision of the Metropolitan City Schools funded by the World Bank was one of the major programmes ever embarked upon by the AMA in the educational sector since the inception of the decentralization of local governance in Ghana, adding that it was in pursuit of eliminating the shift system in basic schools.


Mr Sowah said under the Metropolitan City Schools Project, the AMA had been able to provide basic school infrastructure and eliminated the double shift system, improved the teaching and learning environment in the schools, increased school contact hours between teachers and students and improved sanitation with the inclusion of the in-built washroom facilities.


He announced that the AMA would, in the coming weeks, commission 6 additional Metropolitan City Schools within Accra, adding that the Assembly would see to the completion of the other ongoing school projects started under the UDG Programme.


The MCE made reference to government’s efforts to fully implement the Free Senior High School (SHS) Policy and was optimistic that the project would thrive and realize its full benefits of especially promoting free and compulsory basic education.


Mr Sowah stressed the need for regular maintenance of the facilities in the school and tasked the school authorities to take good care of them.


Hon. Emmanuel Agyarko, Member of Parliament for the Ayawaso West Constituency, pledged to support the schools in any way possible as it was important to have good educational structures.


Hon. Agyarko urged parents and guardians to take responsibility of their wards in ensuring that their children attended school regularly, while urging the pupils to study hard so as to benefit from the free SHS Policy.


Madam Margaret Frimpong Kore, Accra-Metro Director of Education, who received the keys to the school buildings on behalf of the various school heads, expressed appreciation to the AMA for the new edifice, marking another milestone in the education directorate.


Madam Kore pledged the commitment of the school authorities to making the schools excellent learning points and to ensure their maintenance.


Source: AMA (PR Unit)


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