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17.02.2004 Regional News

Kansakrom puts up a 160 million-cedi teachers quarters

By GNA
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Kansakrom (Ash), Feb. 17, GNA - Residents of Kansakrom near Nyinahin in the Atwima District of Ashanti are putting up a six-unit teachers' residential accommodation estimated at 160 million cedis through self-help to solve accommodation problem facing teachers in the area.

So far, 20 million cedis have been spent on the first phase of the project, which consists of three bedrooms, a kitchen, toilet and bathroom.

Mr Ernest Osei-Abayie, Headteacher and Mr J.K. Mensah, Chairman of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), who led newsmen to inspect the project, said the residents were contributing 10,000 cedis a male and 5,000 cedis a female towards the project.

Mr Osei-Abayie said the school donated 2.5 million cedis realised from its fund-raising harvest to support the project, while the Atwima District Assembly also donated 20 bags of cement.

He said electricity supply had been extended to the school to facilitate the pupils evening studies and the school had also purchased a set of cultural drums, a set of jerseys, two footballs, an inflator and quantities of English reading textbooks to improve effective teaching and learning.

As its contribution towards the President's Special Initiative (PSI) on cassava starch production, Mr Osei-Abayie said the school had cultivated one hectare of cassava farm to freely distribute the sticks to interested farmers.

Mr Mensah said the provision of adequate and decent teachers' living accommodation was the prime concern of the residents and appealed to the assembly to assist the community to complete the project on schedule.

Nana Amankwaa Birikra II, chief of the town, urged the non-resident citizens to visit home regularly to contribute generously and meaningfully towards the development of the area.

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