E-block schools: Govt has fully paid GHc900m debt to contractors – NAPO

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The Minister for Education, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh says the Akufo-Addo government has fully paid all contractors in charge of the community day Senior High Schools, popularly known as the E-block schools commenced under the Mahama administration.

The Education Minister in an interview on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’ show told Kwame Sefa Kayi that the past Mahama government awarded a GHc900 million contracts to the construction companies to build the E-block schools but failed to pay the contractors.

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According to NAPO, the Akufo-Addo led government has duly paid off the amount to ensure completion for all school children to benefit from the government’s free SHS programme.

“There is no contractor in any Secondary school doing a Secondary school project who is owed by the government of Ghana. I called on them to challenge me and up till now, no one has come out to challenge this. If the school is not yet done, then it is the fault of the contractor but not that we haven’t paid the contractor.”

“We are however cancelling a lot of contracts and award them to different contractors because the NDC gave the contracts to [I don’t want to say NDC contractors] but the contractors are not performing; so no one should blame the government…GHc900 million cedis was the certificates that were signed for work done that the NDC left but we have paid it in full,” he stated.

E-block Schools

Former President John Dramani Mahama, during his tenure in office, promised to establish 200 community day Senior High Schools before the end of his regime.

John Mahama, however, couldn’t complete all the schools before his party NDC was voted out of office in 2016 for president Akufo-Addo to take over.

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Before the beginning of the Akufo-Addo government, only about 50 E-block schools had been completed and operational with the rest either at ground level or not constructed.

The current government has continued the project by completing work on seventeen (17) out of 23 selected schools.

The remaining six (6) are at various levels of completion.

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Ellis Ferdinand is a Journalist, Blogger and Founder of Ellis Multimedia, a parent company of EducationGhana.org, an Online Education News Blog, PoliticsGhana.com and GhanaNaija.net. Ellis Ferdinand is a Graduate of Accra College of Education and the University of Cape Coast, where he obtained a Diploma In Basic Education and a Bachelor of Education in Accounting. He is currently Reading his Master of Philosophy in Curriculum and Pedagogic Studies at the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana. Ellis Ferdinand won Blogger of the Year at the 2018 National Students’ Awards and was also adjudged 14th Best Ghanain Blogger in 2018 among the Top 50 Ghanaian Bloggers of 2018. He introduced the Concept of Education Blogging in Ghana in 2014 with his famous blog EducationGhana.net. now EducationGhana.org His Blog won Best Media Promoting Education in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively, an Award organized by Neogenics Education Consult. In 2019, He adjudged the Most Promising West African Blogger of the Year in Nigeria. He won Writer of the Year at the 2021 EDUCOM AWARDS

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