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21.03.2004 Education

Gov't committed to enhancing girl child education

By GNA

Odumase Krobo (E/R) March 21, GNA - The Minister for Women and Children's Affairs, Mrs Gladys Asmah has reiterated government's commitment to uplifting girl child and women education in the country. She, therefore, called on individuals and organisations to assist government to achieve its objective.

Mrs Gladys Asmah said these in a speech read on her behalf at the 77th Founders/Speech and Prize-Giving day of the Krobo Girls Secondary School at Odumase Krobo on Saturday, under the theme " discipline and handwork-the key to success".

Mrs Asmah appealed to parents to provide quality care to the children adding, "our desire to work hard and long hours to raise enough funds for the upkeep of the families should not be our excuse enough for child negligence".

She asked the students to refrain from rioting, truancy, drug abuse, theft and pre-marital sex, but to be serious with their studies to enable them pass their examinations.

The Minister observed that women were usually victims of abuse and violence, and therefore called on them to change from negative practices which partly contributed to their problems.

Mrs Asmah said: "The desire for wealth, without work is dangerous. This desire is what has in the past led many young persons, including women to engage in immoral practices", which affect their development. She commended the school for its remarkable achievements over the years and expressed the hope that it would continue to be a shinning example for other schools to follow.

She called on the tutors of the school, to be disciplined and committed to enhance teaching and learning.

The deputy Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Gustav Narh Dometey noted that the nation could not develop without discipline and hard work. He expressed concern about recent high level of indiscipline in the society and acts of vandalism by students, and appealed to all Ghanaians to embrace the Vice President's campaign on discipline in order to move the country forward.

Mr Dometey said the government would leave no stone unturned in the fight against indiscipline in the country.

Presenting a report on the school, the Headmistress, Mrs Gladys Appiah said the institution with a population of 682, has achieved a remarkable academic performance last year, and also in the area of discipline.

She appealed to government to assist the school solve the problems of staff accommodation, poor state of school infrastructure, the lack of access road to the school confronting the educational institution. Mrs Appiah commended the Parents Teacher Association of the school for sinking a borehole at a cost of 126 million cedis, providing computers and aid conditioners and ceiling fans for the school.

She said the GETfund made it possible for the school to get a 33 seater Toyota Coaster bus, a classroom block of 12 units and a 16 seater water closet toilet for the school.

Prizes were presented to deserving students and the school's Air force Cadet Corp was inaugurated. March 21 04

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