The people of Gomoa Enyeme in the Gomoa West District of the Central Region have raised GH¢1,500 in aid of a library complex. The project, which will cost GH¢50,000, will be financed through levies, fund-raising harvests and personal contributions by the citizens of the town with support from non-governmental organisations.
Addressing the annual Akwambo Festival, Nana Mbil-Frempong III, chief of Enyeme, said the construction of the library would help find solutions to the poor Basic Certificate Education Examination (BECE) results recorded by the Junior High School in the town.
He said the chiefs and elders had promulgated bye-laws, banning school children from idling outside after 8pm, adding, “this would enable them to stick to their books”.
Nana Mbil-Frempong said school children had also been banned from video centres and other entertainment programmes that could jeopardise the studies.
The chiefs and elders had also instituted an award scheme, to award school children who performed well in the town, to encourage them to study hard to attain higher academic laurels.
Nana Mbil-Frempong said the protracted chieftaincy dispute in the town had finally been settled by the Cape Coast High Court, and that it was time to foster unity to promote peace and development.
John Kojo Sey, chairman of the Akwambo Planning Committee, told the GNA that a community centre would soon be constructed to host durbars and other programmes instead of the school parks where such activities were currently being held.
He expressed concern about absenteeism of some teachers and appealed to the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and School Management Committees to monitor the attendances of teachers to ensure effective teaching and learning.
He said Plan Ghana, an NGO, had instituted a scholarship scheme for students who would excel in the BECE exams and urged parents to encourage their children to study hard to benefit from the scheme.