Government Committed To Education In Rural Areas- First Deputy Speaker
The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr Ebo Barton Odro, on Friday said government was committed to education, and will doing everything possible to enhance teaching and learning in schools.
Mr Odro who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Cape Coast North, said this when he commissioned a three-unit classroom block worth more than GH₵220,000 for the Kakumdo Metropolitan Assembly(M/A) Basic School in Cape Coast.
The project which was funded by the late President John Evans Atta Mills, has an eight-toilet cubicle facility for both teachers and pupils, bathroom, washing sinks as well as fans and furniture.
Mr Odro said the classroom block was built following a request made by the school authorities in 2012 to the later President that the school lacked classrooms, and that classes five and six attended classes in one room.
Mr Odro suggested that as a sign of appreciation, the classroom block should be named after the late President who sponsored it, and gave the assurance that he will do everything possible to help address some of the challenges of the school.
He said due to the important role science education played in the development of the country, he would construct a Science Resource Centre at the Abura Ahmadiyya School, to enable students in the surrounding communities have first-hand experience in science experiments .
The First Deputy speaker entreated parents to make their children’s education paramount, and endeavour to provide them with their needs, to enable them stay in school.
He advised the pupils to reciprocate the kind gesture by taking their studies seriously.
The Headmaster of the school, Mr. Kingsley Akwaboah, expressed concern about the abysmal performance of students in the last Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE), stressing that the best candidate from the school had aggregate 21, but was optimistic that the provision of extra classrooms would help enhance academic performance.
He said the project would also help increase enrollment, since there will be enough classrooms to accommodate many more students, and appealed to parents to take advantage of the classroom block to enroll their children in the school.
Mr Akwaboah expressed gratitude for the benevolence of the Late President and all those who helped to execute the project, and appealed for a computer laboratory, printers and photocopy machines which would be used to print school examination papers.