Edwenase special school in Kumasi surviving solely on philanthropy

MDG : Disabled in Kenya : Society for the Blind, NairobiManagers of the Edwenase Special School say they are forced to rely on gifts in order to keep the school running for lack of funds.

The managers complain they have not received their subventions for the past 6 years; a situation they say is affecting teaching and learning.

Heads of some 24 Special schools across the country have refused to reopen schools due to lack of funds.

However the Edwenase Special School continues to run.

Director of the institution, Modesto Awiwoli, says the situation has not stopped him from reopening the school unlike his other colleagues.

He says they depend on the magnanimity of institutions, churches and benefactors to run the school.

He went further to say that most of the jobs that were reserved for the trainees in order for them to get economic empowerment and integration into society is no longer available to them.

Meanwhile, President of the Ashanti Regional Branch of the Ghana Bar Association, Yaw Boafo has asked Ghanaian to hold governments to task for shirking their responsibility to the vulnerable in society. He notes that it is the height of wickedness for any special school to be neglected to fend for itself.

Meanwhile the education ministry when contacted said the issue does not fall within their purview.

Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Basic Education, Alex Kyeremeh says his outfit has submitted all claims to the Finance Ministry and the Controller and Accountant General’s Department for payments.

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