THE CHIEF OF Essienimpong, Nana Kwaku Bio, has called on traditional leaders and parents to support government in its efforts to promote education in the country by taking keen interest in their wards' education, particularly at the basic level.
According to him, the only way stakeholders could support government to improve the living conditions of Ghanaians was to ensure that all Ghanaian children had formal education.
Nana Bio made the call when addressing the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) General Meeting of the Essienimpong Methodist Primary recently at Essienimpong in the Ashanti Region after he had donated educational materials worth hundreds of Ghana Cedis to the school.
The donated items included school uniforms, exercise books and pencils which were distributed to orphans and other needy pupils.
He explained that the purpose of his meeting with the parents was to find lasting solutions to the low standard of education and high incidence of school drop-outs in the town.
According to Nana Bio, as there was no greater legacy that parents could leave behind for their children other than education, parents should strive hard to ensure that their children have quality education right from infancy.
He said although the NPP government was doing all it could to make education interesting to pupils, it was the duty of parents to see to it that their wards made good use of it.
Nana Bio therefore advised Ghanaians to desist from spending on material things which would not help in the upbringing of children.
The Essienimpong chief said as it behooves stakeholders to support government to ensure quality education in the country, he and his elders have passed a bye-law that would go a long way to prevent children in the town from roaming about during the night, and watching videos or attending funeral celebrations.
He expressed worry about the rate of teenage pregnancy in the town and cautioned the youth in the area to abstain from pre-marital sex so as to be able to concentrate on their studies.
Nana Bio, as part of his determination to support government to promote education in the town, has renovated the Methodist primary school in the town at a personal cost of GH¢3,500, and made a promise to absorb half of the cost of roofing sheets for the KG block which is under construction in the town.
On her part, Madam Gladys Appiah, headmistress of the School expressed their gratitude to the chief for his kind gesture towards the school children and the citizens in the town.
According to her, the bold steps of the chief towards the improvement of education in the town had made education in the area more attractive to the pupils.
From Stella Danso,