It appears government had already made plans for Kperisi School before Bawumia decided to intervene. Deputy Minister of Education, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, in a recent statement revealed that the government had diverted furniture meant for another school to Kperisi school.
The furniture which was sent to Kperisi was for a school in Techiman in Brong Ahafo Region. Ablakwa said government made the decision on hearing about the absurd learning environment in the former.
It had been reported in the media that students of the school lie on bare floor to learn as there were no desks available. Pictures of it also went viral on the internet with many bemoaning the situation of the school.
This had earlier led to the New Patriotic Party’s Vice Presidential Candidate’s move to order 500 desks for the pupils on visiting the school. However, before Bawumia could say Jack Robinson, government provided the desks just three days later.
Throwing more light on the situation, Ablakwa said the Wa Central District Assembly had commissioned a contractor to supply desks to the school, but the contractor did not deliver in time. They therefore had to divert the furniture meant for another school in Techiman to the Kperisi school
A contractor had already been commissioned to deliver furniture to Kperisi but the contractor was delaying. So because the Kperisi issue was urgent we have diverted the furniture to Kperisi. When the Kperisi furniture becomes ready in a few weeks, we will send it to Techiman,” he said.
Furthermore, Bawumia had been rebuked by some big wigs in government for trying to provide the desks to the school without consulting the government.
Particularly, Rashid Pelpuo who is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wa Central seriously frowned at Bawumia’s move, saying he was only after promoting his political reputation.