SPEECH BY GETFUND ADMINISTRATOR AT THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY AND 1ST SPEECH & PRIZE-GIVING DAY OF ATTAFUAH SENIOR HIGH/TECHNICAL SCHOOL, ODA

SPEECH BY THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE GETFund DELIVERED AS THE SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR AT THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY AND 1ST SPEECH & PRIZE-GIVING DAY OF ATTAFUAH SENIOR HIGH/TECHNICAL SCHOOL, ODA ON SATURDAY, 10TH DECEMBER, 2011


THEME: QUALITY EDUCATION, THE PLIGHT OF LESS ENDOWED SCHOOLS


Mr. Chairman, The Honourable Minister of Education, Nananom, The Board of Governors, Headmaster, Teaching and Non-Teaching Staff, Old and Continuing Students P.T.A., The Media, Invited Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen
The season, around this time, is marked with a lot of Speech & Prize-Giving days, yet this is advent when our friends of the Christian faith look forward to celebrate the birthday of Christ and so I cease this opportunity to congratulate you on the occasion of your 20th Anniversary and also bring you season’s greetings from the GETFund Secretariat.
The theme for your 20th Anniversary and 1ST Speech & Prize-Giving Day is: QUALITY EDUCATION, THE PLIGHT OF LESS ENDOWED SCHOOLS. The theme is not only appropriate but also strikes a chord given the fact that improving infrastructure and the general school environment for quality education, consistent with the challenges of the 21st Century, has been the driver of decisions and actions of the GETFund since the current Board of Trustees assumed office in 2009.

Mr. Chairman, Nananom, Ladies & Gentlemen, times have changed since many of us adults here at today’s function left school. Those were the days when it was no news if schools were held under tress and sheds. Today, by the fact that quality teaching and learning require the use of technology infrastructure such as computers; issues pertaining to the school environment and the kind of infrastructure have become more than important.

Only two weeks ago some members of the Board of Trustee returned from an inspection tour of the Northern Region.  The tour afforded the team another opportunity to see at first hand what kind of school infrastructure our children have to make do with under very inclement weather. Whilst some of the sites spoke very loudly about how deplorable the issues of school infrastructure is other sites where the GETFund had made some interventions assured us that if we continue to focus on our commitment to equitably distribute resources across the regions of the country we will in a very not too distant future, change the face of school infrastructure especially at the basic level thereby, bridging the gap between the endowed and less endowed schools.

Mr. Chairman, Ladies & Gentlemen, it is against this background that the Board of Trustees held a review meeting in Sogakope early in 2010 to think through the strategies of  resource allocation to address some of the challenges faced  at the different levels of education on the basis of equity and fairness. From the Sogakope meeting, eliminating schools under trees was brought to the front burner. We have since that time authorized contracts worth GHC238,500,000.00 for the construction of 1,720 Schools Under Trees, as a complement to what the Ministry of Education has been doing.

At the secondary level, Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen, we have not relented on our efforts at supporting the Ministry to provide both classroom and residential infrastructure across the length and breadth of the country. From the Board, investments to the tune of GHC254,500,000.00 have been made to provide some 640 classroom blocks, dormitories and other facilities. It is, however, evident that the GETFund alone cannot be a sustainable source for dealing with the entire challenge. All hands must be on deck and in this light I wish to commend the efforts of Parent Teacher Associations and Old Students Associations for the complementary roles, and in some instances, the pioneering steps they have taken and continue to take.

In the Eastern Region, Mr. Chairman, we have since 2010 authorized contracts to the tune of GHC56M for the construction of 221 Schools Under Trees and 63 Emergency Intervention Projects at the Secondary School Level. Once again this is to complement the efforts of the Ministry of Education here in the Region. Government through the GETFund is doing this, all in an effort to better the life of our youth and also prepare them for the competition a knowledge economy presents.


As regards ATTAFUAH Secondary School, I am thrilled by its history and progress. I wish to use this occasion to salute the pioneering sacrifices of its founding fathers and for the continued effort of the current administration, the Board of Governors, the PTA, Old and continuing Students and everyone who has helped the School to reach where it is today.

Congratulations and thank you for your kind attention