Ghana Education News-The Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku-Prempeh has ordered for the immediate dissolution of the Board of Directors which oversees the Prempeh College Senior High School.
This follows the decision of the board and the school’s management to allow for the construction of an illegal facility on a parcel of land inside the walls of the famous second cycle institution.
Speaking to the media after a tour of the school to inspect the illegal activity, Dr Prempeh expressed surprise at the authorities to allow for the construction of a structure by a private developer on its land.
He wondered why a structure for commercial purposes would be allowed to be carried out when the Ghana Education Service has placed a ban on such activities that seem to encroach on lands of schools.
‘’It is inconceivable that a board and school management entrusted to oversee the day to day running and development of Prempeh College can sit and allow for such an impunity to be carried out. I hereby order the dissolution of the board and ask the Director of Education in Ashanti to head an interim management committee (IMC) to oversee the school before a new board is appointed and put in place while we deal with the headmaster for his role in this mess’’, a livid NAPO stressed.
Speaking to this reporter, a relative of the contractor, Joe Salathiel said the school had given his brother all the needed approval to commence the project.
The project, he revealed but for the injunction by the Education Minister would have been a build- operate-transfer (BOT) facility between the school and the contractor.
After 30 years Prempeh College would then have gotten the authority to the property and use it for purposes they intended, a source revealed.
The relative however noted all the necessary interaction with the school authorities including the Board and opinion leaders had been carried out and wondered how the Minister could say the project was an illegality.
Mr S.K. Fordjour, Headmaster of Prempeh College wearing a sullen face declined commenting to the media.
Earlier on however, he had been seen making gestures to the Education Minister as he explained matters to him.
As at the time of visiting the school, fresh first year students that have been placed on the first track of the double track system were seen registering to validate their statuses in the school.
With an almost smooth process, parents whose wards had gotten admission wore smiling faces as they watched the proceedings.
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