Mildred Siabi-Mensah, GNA
Funkoe (W/R), Sept. 11, GNA – Mrs Gifty
Eugenia Kusi, the Deputy Western Regional Minister, said government was working
to improve on the literacy rate of the country through the implementation of
the Free Senior High School Policy, among other interventions.
“We are not leaving anybody behind when
it comes to access to education, at least to the senior high level, and for me
the joy of seeing more girls in school because of this policy is
overwhelming,” she said.
She, therefore, encouraged parents and key
stakeholders in education to adequately provide the needs of their children to
ensure a smooth transition from the basic to the senior level.
Mrs Kusi said this when she inaugurated a
Junior High School (JHS) Block for the Catholic School at Funkoe in the Ahanta
She said the Government would work within
its powers to improve upon the quality of lives of Ghanaians.
The students of Funkoe Catholic School,
hitherto, studied in an uncompleted community centre, which made teaching and
learning difficult, hence, the school block, with sanitary facilities, has come
as a great relief to the pupils and teachers.
Mrs kusi was of the firm believe that
through free senior high education, many women, who would otherwise have stayed
at home, could be educated to enable them to take better care of their families
and society in general.
Mrs Henrietta Mary Eyison, the Ahanta West
Municipal Chief Executive, said improving the quality of education in all the
communities within the Municipality was high on the Assembly’s agenda.
She mentioned the provision of Kindergarten
blocks for some communities, fixing of the Sankor educational infrastructure
and building of extra facilities for Baidoo Bonsu Senior High as some
interventions taken to advance education in the area.
“I have been a teacher for 46 years of
my life and I believe in education and its positive effects on the individual
and society, hence my commitment to reducing teenage pregnancies and school drop-out
rate through quality education that is accessible to all”.
Mr Mark Adobah Adaketey, the Municipal
Director of Education, said the various interventions by the Assembly were
yielding positive results evidenced by the results of the Basic Education and
West African Secondary School certificate examinations.
“We are recording 90 per cent pass rate
in our examinations,” he added.