Colleges of Education hostel projects begin June 1

The government has completed the processes of building 300-bed hostel blocks in the 45 colleges of education. The actual construction of the three-storey block for each college, which is estimated to cost GH¢485 million, is being funded by the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) and is expected to start nationwide next month.

Education Minister Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum told a section of the media last Friday that the project was an initiative of the government through the ministry and its agency, the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC).

He said it was to help with accommodation issues at colleges.

Local contractors

The minister said the projects would be carried out by 45 local contractors and were to be completed in 15 months and handed over to colleges by August next year.

Dr Adutwum was optimistic that with the current measures in place, the contractors would be able to deliver the project on schedule.

He added that to ensure prompt delivery, the ministry and GTEC were in talks with GETFund to make available a mobilization loan of at least 10% of the contract amount to each contractor.

The Minister of Education explained that the construction work should generate more than 2,500 direct and indirect temporary jobs for young people.

Again, he said that when completed, the project has the chance to improve the efficiency of teaching and learning in the colleges which are training more teachers for the pre-school sector. higher education.

Dr Adutwum said that in the long run, the project will improve the quality of education in the country.

Background

As part of the government’s education reforms, all public colleges of education were converted to institutions awarding a four-year Bachelor of Education degree.

This necessitated an expansion of the facilities to accommodate the growing number of students and also to improve teaching and learning.

This explains why the government, through the Ministry of Education and its agencies, GTEC and GETFund, agreed to undertake the construction of the hostels.

Linda G. Ibarra