The District Director of Education for the Wa West, Mr. Abilimsige A. Richard has called on government, benevolent individuals and Non-Governmental Organisations to come to the aid of the Directorate in the provision of a modern office complex.
According to Mr. Abilimsige, over the years, many portfolios in the Directorate were not occupied. This made the office facility seemingly look okay for the limited core staff of the Directorate. He said this has however changed since he assumed leadership of the Directorate, as he has been able to occupy all these idled positions with the needed staff. This has therefore resulted in overcrowding and lack of seating space for most of the added staff.
“My Girl-child Coordinator, Sports Coordinator, Culture Officer and Pensions and Benefits Officer all have to work outside the official office due to lack of space”. He disclosed, adding that,”even those officers who work within the limited office space have had to have the bitter experience of sharing a single desk and in most cases a chair”. The GES District Director also bemoaned the lack of storeroom for educational materials which has adverse effects on their operations. “We do not also have a store which makes storage of most of our materials which are largely chalk and textbooks always being exposed to the mercy of the weather”.
Mr. Abilimsige indicated that, “we have made several appeals to the District Assembly and the Regional Education [Office] towards this proposal [provision of office complex] which have so far yielded negative results and thus, the reason why we are calling on these external bodies to help us”.
The Director made this appeal during a short ceremony in Wechiau where a new set of photocopier and printing machine was commissioned and handed over to the directorate in fulfilment of government’s promise to provide the District with the equipment.
Receiving the items, Mr. Ablimsige applauded the government for the many interventions relating to education in the Wa West District. “This particular donation will replace completely the cash and pay system where parents had to pay exam fees before their wards could write terminal examination” He noted, adding that “all questions from hence would be typed, printed and distributed to schools at no cost to pupils”. The Director assured the government through the District Chief Executive of proper maintenance and usage of the machines for the intended purpose.
The District Chief Executive for the Wa West, Hon. Edward Sabo Laabiir, who handed over the machines to the education directorate, stated that “this is just one of the many interventions the government under the able leadership of his Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo is providing to lessen the burden of parents and improve teaching and learning in the District”. He was optimistic that, the education directorate would cultivate the habit of maintenance to sustain the life span of these items.
Reacting to the issue of an office complex for the education directorate, Hon. Sabo Laabiir said “it is indeed true that the Wa West Education Directorate needs an ultramodern office complex. And the district assembly has it in plan and will consider the proposal as soon as funds are made readily available”.
The short commissioning ceremony was witnessed by some core staff of both the District Assembly and the Education Directorate of the Wa West.