Despite the smite in the face that Bawumia got from the Wa municipality, he went ahead to fulfill the promise of providing desks to Kperisi pupils who hitherto learn on bare floor.
The Vice Presidential Candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the November polls, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, on Friday presented 250 dual desks out of the 500 he promised to the Kperisi Basic School in the Wa Municipality in the Upper West Region.
We would recall that Dr. Bawumia visited the school last weekend after the plight of pupils studying on the bare floor was put out on the media. There and then, he made a promise to present 500 desks to them.
But few days after his promise the Wa Municipal Assembly and the Upper West Regional Minister, hurriedly overtook Bawumia by reportedly providing 200 to the school.
These government officials who are obviously Bawumia’s political opponents harshly criticized him for this move, saying he should have sought the consent of the government overseeing the area before jumping into making the promise. They also concluded that he did what he did with self interest, aiming to score cheap political points.
After reported supply of the 200 desks, the Deputy Minister of Education, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa claimed that they had earlier ordered for seats for the pupils, even before the poor learning condition of the pupils went on air. He further explained that the contractor is slow with the construction and is yet to deliver. According to him, they decided to divert the desks meant for a school in Techiman to the Kperisi school, hoping to replace it after the ones under construction are completed.
Although they claim to have presented 200 furniture, Citi News’ Upper West Regional Correspondent, Latif Mahama, said he counted only 52 new ones on that day.
He however quoted the Headmistress of the school Rosina Die, saying that the number provided were enough for the pupils.
The NPP’s Parliamentary Candidate for the Wa Constituency, Issahaku Tahiru made the presentation to the school on behalf of Dr. Bawumia.
Those who received the 250 dual desks which will automatically take 500 people included the Headmistress of the School, an executive of the School’s management committee, an executive of the school’s PTA, and the Landlord of the Kperisi Community.
The Landlord of the Kperisi Community, Bagilinye John, told Citi News the school would still have a need for the desks despite the initial presentation made by the Municipal.
According to him, the problem of lack of desks was not peculiar to the primary section, but that the Junior High School section also has similar challenges. He further explained that the situation at the JHS section had become a concern for the school to the extent that parents have been asked to pay ten cedis for their wards to acquire desks. He therefore requested the school to consider sending those desks to the JHS section.
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