President Mahama has responded to criticisms against his government concerning his ‘schools under trees programme’ saying the project is still an ongoing project . Mahama has predicted the completion of the project to be by the year 2020. He has said his oppositions are only championing the criticisms to tarnish his political image.
The President who spoke at the annual Tortsogbeza Festival of the chiefs and people of Sokpoe in the South Tongu District of the Volta Region,made it known to everyone that his administration has a strategy that will help them to eliminate all schools under trees by the year 2020.
“In 2010 when we did a survey of schools under trees or substandard schools there were 4,210 of them and we undertook the schools under trees programme and since then we’ve built more than 1,700 schools all over the country,” he said.
Mahama corrected the impression created by oppositions that he claimed to have replaced all the schools under trees with modern schools. However he said there are still schools that are substandard and under trees, and work to complete the project is ongoing.
Mahama regarding opposition critics as ‘political quantity surveyors’ urged the people not to be swayed into believing his government is only good in making claims. The president affirmed that it is the government’s expectation that by the proposed year, no Ghanaian child would be studying under a tree.
He also explained that opposition critics only cared about scoring cheap political goals rather than putting heads together to carry out the present objective which his government is currently doing. President Mahama also explained that the strategy adopted by government will ensure that the infrastructure deficit in the educational sector is reconciled.
He also explained government’s strategy to achieving this goal and according to Mahama, government has instructed the 216 district assemblies every year from now to 2020 to replace two schools under trees. He added that government is going to build another 1,000 schools to remove schools under trees.