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Tema Metro Assembly to abolish shift system

BY: Benjamin Xornam Glover
 Yohane Armah Ashitey (right) MCE, Tema Metropolitan Assembly, handing over the dual desk to Bernice Ofori (left), Director of Education, Tema. With them are some officials  of the GES and TMA. Picture: BENJAMIN XORNAM GLOVER
Yohane Armah Ashitey (right) MCE, Tema Metropolitan Assembly, handing over the dual desk to Bernice Ofori (left), Director of Education, Tema. With them are some officials of the GES and TMA. Picture: BENJAMIN XORNAM GLOVER

The Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) is to abolish the shift system which is currently being operated in public basic schools within the metropolis.

The move, according to the Chief Executive Officer of the TMA, Yohane Armah Ashitey, was to enhance contact hours to improve teaching and learning in schools

Speaking at a short handover ceremony of 600 pieces of dual desks to the education directorate for onward distribution to selected schools in the Tema Metropolis, last Monday, Mr Ashitey said the gesture was to augment the short falls in furniture in schools.

The beneficiaries' schools are Tema Manhean Presbyterian Basic School, Tema Community 8 No. ‘4’ Junior High School and Tema Manhean Anglican Basic School.

Mr Ashitey explained that the shift system in parts of the metropolis was not only hindering the delivery of effective teaching and learning but also affecting the quality of education within the municipality.

He said to reduce the growing congestion in the existing classrooms, the Assembly has completed a two-storey classroom block facility for the Tema Manhean Presbyterian Basic School, adding that the provision of the dual desk to the school and other selected schools was to reduce the congestion and improve the teaching and learning activities in the schools.

“We are sure that with the provision of these desks and other facilities that we are going to introduce next academic year, we believe strongly that this will go a long way to change the face of education delivery in the Metropolis and enhance the performance of students,” he said.

Commendation

The Tema Metropolitan Education Director Bernice Ofori, who received the dual desk for subsequent distribution, expressed appreciation for the continuous effort by the assembly to enhance teaching and learning.

Mrs Ofori said the desks had arrived timeously as it would would complement the efforts to lessen the challenges faced in some schools

Mrs Ofori expressed the hope that come next academic year, a number of learners would be comfortably seated and this would go a long way to enhance quality education in basic schools in the metropolis.

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