RE: MINORITY TO HAUL EDUCATION MINISTER TO PARLIAMENT OVER ABANDONED E-BLOCKS
1. Recall that in 2012, the erstwhile Government announced its intention to build 200 Community Day Senior High Schools in the country to enhance access to Secondary Education. It is instructive to note that contracts were awarded for 124 out of the speculated number of 200.
2. It was expected that 101 out of the 124 will be funded by the Government of Ghana (GoG) in two phases. Phase I of the project consists of fifty (50) schools, and commenced in March 2014. Phase II was made up of fifty-one (51), and commenced in July 2015. The World Bank funded the construction of additional twenty-three (23) in twenty-three (23) districts under the Secondary Education Improvement Project (SEIP), which commenced in July 2015. This brought the total number of the E-Blocks to 124. Note that out of the 124, only 29 were completed between 2014-2016.
3. From 2017 to Date, 31 new schools have been constructed bringing the total number of completed projects to 60 as of September 2020. It is important to note that all the 60 completed schools have been operationalized and currently in use. The remaining sixty-four (64) projects have been categorized into three (3) groups.
Category A includes twenty- one (21) structures at sixty percent (60%) and above completion. Category B consists of sixteen (16) structures which is between 25%- 60% completion. Category C consists of twenty-seven (27) terminated contracts which includes projects that did not start and those that were at substructure level.
4. It is therefore inaccurate to suggest that the CDSHS projects have been abandoned. Government of Ghana/Ministry of Education remains committed to completing all the remaining projects. Attached is a summary of completed schools.
SPOKESPERSON-MINISTRY OF EDUCATION.