Mr Ignatius Baffour-Awuah, Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, yesterday urged all well meaning Ghanaians and philanthropists to channel their resources in support of government efforts to ensure quality education in the country.
He made the call at the commissioning of a 300 million cedi block of three classrooms donated by Sam Bennett Group Company Limited to the Ridge Experimental 'A' Primary and Junior Secondary School (JSS) in Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region.
Mr Baffour-Awuah said government alone could not afford to provide the entire infrastructure, learning and teaching materials, but needed a push by the public to fulfil it promise of providing quality education to the people.
He said with the introduction of Capitation Grant and other educational polices by government, enrolment in various schools had increased and had put a lot of pressure on the available facilities.
The Minister said it behoved all to assist in creating an enabling environment for children to enjoy better educational facilities. He said the children who were the nation's future leaders needed to acquire knowledge, which could equip them to face the challenges ahead and urged students to study hard to justify the huge investment in education as well as becoming good assets, which could provide better services for the nation.
Mr Baffour-Awuah advised parents to control their children from spending much of their time watching television, but rather encourage them to always be with their books. He urged teachers to put up their best in maintaining and even raise the standard of the school to become one of the best in the Region.
Mrs Rosemary Annor-Sakyi, Headmistress, said the school established in 1960, about 47 years ago, had raised a lot of prominent persons. She expressed regret that the classroom blocks were fast deteriorating because they have not seen any major rehabilitation and appealed to old students to come to the aid of the school.
She expressed the school's appreciation to the Sam Bennett Group Company and urged other philanthropists to follow suit. He appealed to government to build a library for the school to improve the reading habit of the students.