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19.12.2008 Education

Let us reverse falling standards in education -Amoah

By GNA
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Mr Anthony Evans Amoah,

Western Regional Minister has stressed the need for collaboration

between assembly members, parents, chiefs and opinion leaders to

reverse the falling standards of education in the country.

He said although there had been sustained efforts to improve

existing facilities and infrastructure to improve teaching and learning

it was not having the desired impact.
Mr Amoah made the call when addressing the third ordinary

meeting of the second assembly of Mpohor Wassa East District

Assembly at Daboase on Thursday.
He expressed concern about most of the schools that scored

zero per cent in the Basic Education Certification Examination

(BECE) this year adding “the situation is alarming and all

stakeholders in education must sit up”.
Mr Amoah who is also Member of Parliament for the area said

much of his share of the Assemblies Common Fund was spent on

the provision of education infrastructure and assisting needy but

brilliant pupils and students.
He appealed to assembly members to put aside their political

affiliations and work together as a team to develop the area and

cautioned chiefs and land owners against indiscriminate selling of

land to deprived future generations of such important asset.

Mr Amoah said plans for the construction of a district hospital at

Daboase were far advanced.
He expressed appreciation to the electorate for retaining him as

their Parliamentarian and urged them to vote massively for Nana

Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo New Patriotic Party Presidential

Candidate during the run-off on Sunday, December 28.

Mr Edward Tawiah Amprofi, Mpohor Wassa East District Chief

Executive congratulated Mr Amoah for retaining the seat.

He commended the people for their conduct that ensured

peaceful, free and fair Election 2008 and was optimistic the run-off

would be peaceful.
Mr Amprofi said development programmes of the assembly was

on course in spite of constraints and appealed to assembly members

to sensitize the people to cooperate with the assembly to realize its

developmental aspirations.
He said 150 low tension poles had been supplied to 18

communities towards the completion of their electricity project.

Mr Amprofi said 20 cocoa farming communities in the district

would benefit from a partnership programme with World Vision

Ghana and Cadbury Schwepps to improve cocoa production.

He said by the end of October, this year, the assembly had

mobilised 880,005 Ghana cedis in revenue representing 61 per cent

of its budget estimates of 1,427,390 Ghana cedis.
About 471,070 Ghana cedis representing 53 per cent, was

mobilised internally.
On health, Mr Amprofi said the District Health Insurance Scheme

had so far registered 65,650 clients representing 55 per cent of the

population.

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