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02.03.2012 Politics

Don't Be Lured Into Registering - Ani-Agyei

By Alice Aryeetey - Daily Graphic
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The National Democratic Congress (NDC)’s parliamentary candidate for the Ayawaso Central constituency, Mr William Affum Ani-Agyei, has advised students who have not attained the voting age of 18 years not to be lured into registering.

“Please, if you have not attained the voting age, never allow any politician to lure you into registering, let alone to vote, because you will be arrested and dealt with by the laws of the land,” he said

Speaking at the 10th anniversary celebration of Dzokson Business College (DZOBUSCO) at Kotobabi in Accra, he also advised the students not to put their trust in any politician.

He said the best they could do for themselves was to be disciplined and hardworking to achieve successes in their lives.

“Put your trust in God and concentrate on anything you are doing to overcome the challenges of life”, he added.

DZOBUSCO, since its inception as a Senior High School in 2001, has achieved excellent academic successes.

Presently, the student population of the school is 301, comprising 132 boys and 169 girls, out of which 82 girls and 34 boys are hostellers, while the other 185 are day students.

The school has 22 teaching and non-teaching staff and a thirteen member board of governors and directors.

Mr Ani-Agyei commended the principal and staff of the school for the educational opportunity they had given to the constituency and the country at large and donated an amount of money to support ongoing developmental project in the school.

The principal of the school, Mr W.A Dzokoto, attributed the annual massive failure in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in the country to the absence of effective supervision in public basic schools.

He, therefore, appealed to the Ministry of Education (MoE) to create special units to be in charge of what he described as a routine supervision and monitory units of the schools and its related activities to enhance the BECE results of candidates in public basic schools.

He noted that despite the Hullabaloo that teachers in private basic schools were not trained or qualified teachers, private basic school candidates did better at the BECE than those of the public schools.

He also appealed to the MoE to open computer laboratories in the various communities throughout the country for basic and senior high schools that cannot establish a modern computer laboratory to improve access to and enhance the teaching and learning of Information Communication Technology (ICT),since it is a compulsory examinable subject at the BECE level.

According to Mr Dzokoto, the academic achievements and results of the school averagely stood at 82.6, with an uncountable number of annual distinctions and excellent passes.

“In fact there has not been any year we presented candidates for the WASSCE without them not passing all the eight maximum subjects before”, he added.

He called for the support of the government and other organisations to help the school in diverse ways to become a modern and right environment which would help in training and educating Ghanaians who would in turn help develop the country.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s parliamentary candidate for the Ablekuma Central constituency, Mr Henry Quartey, also cited that education was important for national development thus there was the need to provide more input for the development of education in the country.

He urged other presidential and parliamentary aspirants to look at ways to improve education in the country.

Mr Quartey pledged GHC500 to be used to set up a scholarship scheme to support brilliant but needy students in the school.

He appealed to the government and the general public to support the good objectives the school has for the constituency and the country as a whole.

“We have an obligation to make the nation attractive for people to live in”, he added.

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