The Volta Regional branch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has decried the abandonment of a regiment of school desks by the authorities of the Region calling the situation a careless wastage of public funds.
In a statement signed by the Regional Communications Officer, Sorkpa K. Agbleze, and his Deputy, Delali Bright Kugbeadzor, the blame for the wastage was directed at the Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa.
“The NDC Volta is calling on the Volta Regional Minister, Hon Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa, to fix the problem by making sure the Regional Director of Education takes the necessary steps to get the desks allocated to the various schools within the shortest possible time, as part of his oversight responsibilities over education in the region,” the statement read.
According to the statement, the desks numbering hundreds and have been left to rot away at the Department of Urban Roads.
They had been donated by the Coastal Development Authority to be distributed to schools in response to a lack of desks syndrome in these schools, but authorities have since abandoned them, alleges the NDC.
However, a year after they were donated, the desks have been left to the vagaries of the weather while schools continue to suffer the inadequate availability of desks.
“It is a shock to many in the Volta Region that even though our Basic and Junior High Schools are confronted with problems…, desks procured at great cost to the taxpayer are left to rot. Lack of desks is one of the biggest problems confronting schools in the region,” the NDC statement fumed.
“One would have thought that directives on the allocation of these desks to deserving schools would be a priority in these difficult times to improve the teaching and learning environment. The Coastal Development Authority which provided the dual desks to be distributed to schools did so last year with the belief that the desks would be allocated to schools to improve the situation, but never,” the statement said.