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10.12.2010 Education

Government Institutes Scholarship Package To Support Students

By Robert Kyei-Gyau - Daily Graphic
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The Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Kofi Opoku-Manu, has announced the setting up of a special scholarship package to support brilliant, needy science and mathematics students in senior high schools in the country.

Mr Opoku Manu, who announced this in a speech at a durbar to climax the Golden Jubilee Anniversary celebrations of the Yaa Asantewaa Girls’ Senior High School (YAGSHS) in Kumasi, said the scholarship was being instituted by the Ministry of Industry Science and Technology (MIST).

He said five-member committees to be chaired by Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCE’s) had been set up in all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to administer the scheme.

According to the Regional Minister, this arrangement was to ensure open and transparent process in the award of the scholarship and urged all brilliant, needy students in the region to apply for the scholarship.

Mr Opoku Manu noted that the government considered investment in the human resource of the country a top priority and would ensure that high schools and other training institutions were provided with the requisite infrastructure, qualified and well motivated teachers.

“Yaa Asantewaa Girls’ SHS would definitely receive its fair share of whatever interventions government has for senior high schools in the country,” he assured.

The Regional Minister said government was committed to the empowerment of women to enable them play active roles in the development of the country and was always exploring avenues that would enable it provide the necessary support for schools to play their roles in girl child education.

He praised the Yaa Asantewaa Girls’ SHS for producing several high calibre professionals such as Ms Sherry Ayitey, the current Minister of Environment, Science and Technology and many others.

Mr Opoku-Manu urged the school to use the Golden Jubilee anniversary to evaluate its performance in order to improve on areas it fell short.

The Headmistress of the school, Mrs Elizabeth Malik Jabir, in her report said the school currently had about 2,800 students with 111 and 98 teaching and non teaching staff respectively.

Mrs Malik Jabir said the school had seen very remarkable improvement in both academic and extra-curricular activities with students scoring 100 per cent in all 30 subjects in the West African School Certificate Exams.

She said, as a result of the positive image of the school, parents besieged her offices looking for admission for their children in defiance of the computerised placement system, and called on parents to respect the new system.

The headmistress said YAGSHS was a “no-go area” for examination malpractice but stressed that staff and students should not be complacent by resting on their oars.

Mrs Malik said there was an urgent need for new staff bungalows and renovation of existing ones which were in dire need of repairs.

The YAGSHS school prefect, Miss Jocelyn Hall-Bayou, in her report appealed for the provision of books in the school’s library as most of those were outdated.

She said the conversion of the school’s ICT centre into temporary dormitories to accommodate first year students was a source of worry to students and called on the authorities to ensure that it was restored to its original purpose and furnished with computers.

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