An information and communications technology (ICT) laboratory being constructed at the Kwadaso Estate Basic school and JHS in the Kumasi metropolitan Assembly in the Ashanti Region has been abandoned for lack of funds.
The project, which was started in 2013 has been already roofed but has been left to deteriorate with some part fallen as a result of the lack of resources to complete it.
It is intended to enhance teaching and learning of ICT as a subject to equip the pupils with the requisite practical knowledge on the subject initiated by the government.
The idea was to ensure that the pupils of the school were not left out of the technological evolution that made the world a “global village” and to make them appreciate the subject.
In an interview with the Silver FM’s Akwadaa Nyame, the Assembly member for Kwadaso Estate Hon Kwadwo Gyimfi Harrison, stated that “the project is good, but it is unfortunate it has been abandoned because of funds, and all attempts to draw the metropolitan assembly’s attention to continue work on it has not yielded anything.”
He said the issue of the ICT laboratory had been discussed at assembly meetings in a bid to find alternatives to secure funds to complete the project.
Hon Harrison said: “Anytime I raise this project in our Assembly meetings, the complaint has always been that there is no money, even though each of them could lecture you on how paramount the project is.”
The Assembly member underscored the importance of the project to the development and academic advancement of children in the community, adding: “When this project is completed, it will not only help the current pupils of the school but children of this entire community.”
The Assembly member also disclosed that the project was started under NDC government, however, that due to political differences which supposed to be put aside to continue the project is playing major hence the abandonment of the project.
Female resident Madam Akosua Agyeiwaa explained that the lack of the ICT laboratory reduced the tuition of the subject to abstract and made it difficult for the pupils to understand.
He said the Kwadaso Estate Basic school was established many years ago and had produced high- profile personalities that served the country in various capacities and therefore should not be allowed to be in its current state.
The Assembly member Hon Harrison Gyimfi therefore, appealed to the government, non-governmental organisation, philanthropists and past pupils of the school to support in completing the project to promote effective academic work, particularly ICT as a subject.