President John Dramani Mahama on Saturday inaugurated yet another ultra-modern school complex, this time at Okpoti, a deprived area in Dansoman, Accra.
The Dansoman School Complex, which comes with modern international standard facilities, is part of the Accra Millenium Schools Project being executed under the sponsorship of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly.
The complex starts from kindergarten through primary, junior high to senior high school. It also has facilities for vocational and technical training.
The aim is to eliminate shift system schools in Accra, and also provide the various communities with modern and standard school facilities. The projects are been supported with grants from China and the United States of America.
Ten of such school complexes have been completed. At the inauguration on Saturday were traditional rulers, parents, school pupils, education officials, the opposition MP for Ablekuma West Ursula Owusu, academics, residents and other politicians.
President Mahama noted that his administration will continue to strive and work hard to ensure that every child of school going age is giving quality education to guarantee them a secure future.
While noting that there will remain disparities in the standards of the people even as the country moves into a full-fledged middle income status, the President said government is poised to put in place appropriate ‘social intervention measures’ targeted at deprived communities and the vulnerable population.
He noted that the focus is not on the educational sector alone, but also healthcare and other social sectors.
President Mahama thanked China and the USA for their support adding that the Millennium School Concept “is what we call integrated education.”
“A child can start from kindergarten at the Dansoman School Complex, Okpoti and finally come out of vocational or technical school with the skills to go into the world of work. This indeed is a centre of excellence.”
The Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West, Mrs Ursula Owusu Ekuful, a known and vitriolic critic of the President, praised government for the project admitting that “I cannot say that the President has not done anything.”
The Dansoman School Complex has in addition to modern classrooms, ICT and Science laboratories, library complex, standby generating plant, water treatment facility among others.
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