Take care of school furniture – MP tells chiefs

Amidu Chinnia Issahaku

School authorities have been advised to always ensure proper maintenance of school property, including furniture.

Mr. Amidu Chinnia Issahaku, Member of Parliament for Sissala East Constituency, who gave advice this weekend in Tumu, observed that the school management and the Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) had the responsibility to maintain school assets to stand the test of time.

He gave advice after presenting furniture to eleven elementary schools in the constituency.

Mr. Chinnia Issahaku, who is also Deputy Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, said the culture of maintenance is very important to ensure long life of school assets.

“Sometimes when you hear that schools don’t have furniture and you visit them, it’s always sad to find broken furniture scattered all over the premises,” he said.

He said it was important that school management always try as much as possible to repair or repair broken furniture instead of always waiting for the government and philanthropist to buy new ones.

He said he would do his best to provide furniture and other teaching and learning materials to promote education in the constituency.

“I am considering having furniture made locally to supplement what is being provided through the Ghana Education Trust Fund, where we hope more will be provided in the coming days,” he promised.

He instructed parents to support teachers and their children by regularly visiting them at school and asked APEs not to place their wealth on their children.

Mr. Lewil Charles, Municipal Director of Education for Sissalla East, who received the furniture on behalf of the beneficiary schools, noted that the items had arrived at the right time and commended the MP for committing a lot of resources to the promotion education in the region.

“Today is one of my best days as an issue affecting effective teaching and learning in the municipality has been resolved.”

He appealed for more furniture from governmental and non-governmental organizations as all 194 basic schools in the municipality lack furniture.

He also called for the completion of abandoned GETFund projects in the municipality to improve education.

A total of 180 sets of furniture were distributed to the eleven schools.

The furniture set consisted of a double high desk, a double low desk, professor chairs and a director’s table.

The rest is made up of bookshelves, library tables and chairs, filing cabinets, a bulletin board, and visitor chairs for use by the upper and lower primaries.

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