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09.04.2009 Education

Trede School gets ICT Centre, brass band

By Frank Mensah Kumasi - Ghanaian Chronicle
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A COMPUTER Laboratory has been commissioned for the Trede D/A School in the Atwima Kwanwoma district of the Ashanti Region, to help pupils in the school to acquire knowledge of computers, and also serve as research material for them.

The ICT Centre, which was made feasible by Paakus Company, a business firm in Kumasi, has thirty computers. The school also launched a brass band, which was partly funded by the Headmistress of the school, Madam Rita Oppong Pinaman, at a cost of GH¢2,000.

Speaking at a short ceremony at the school's premises last Sunday, Madam Oppong Pinaman said she partly funded the brass band, because she really liked their kind of music, and said she would love it more when it is played by her own pupils.

She also mentioned that the ICT Centre would go a long way to help the pupils acquire knowledge of computers, and called on parents to cope with the teachers to help develop their wards.

She also thanked the chief and elders of the community, as well as the District Assembly for the roles they played to make their dream of having an ICT Centre a reality.

Mr. William Awuni, District Director of Education, congratulated the Headmistress for her hard work, and called on parents to support teachers enhance the education of their wards.

He also advised parents to send their wards to school, since it was their constitutional right.

The Director also assured the school that the Ghana Education Service (GES) would take care of the electricity bills of the Centre, as well as its security, and also advised the teachers to work seriously and do away with absenteeism, laziness, drunkenness among other unscrupulous behaviour, and cautioned the school authorities not to levy any pupils.

Mr. Kojo Appiah Kubi, Member of Parliament (MP) for the Atwima Kwanwoma constituency, pledged his support to the school, and showered praises on the Headmistress for her initiative of bringing an ICT Centre to the school, since it was first of its kind in the constituency.

The MP, who disclosed that the government had assured him that a senior high school would soon be built in the constituency, advised the students to make very good use of the centre, and promised to donate one computer.

Dr. Nsiah-Asare, Chief Executive Officer of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) and a native of the community, advised the students to be disciplined, and also respect their authorities to achieve their goals.

He also pledged some computers for the centre, and promised to award a scholarship for the best student who would emerge from the school.

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