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26.04.2004 Regional News

GETFund to assist in improvement of facilities at Bremang School

By GNA

Kumasi, April 26, GNA - The Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) will soon inject about 280 million cedis into the improvement and provision of extra educational facilities at the Bremang M/A Primary School in the Kumasi metropolis.

Mr. Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, Member of Parliament (MP) for Old Tafo/Suame, who announced this, said the amount for the work, which has already been negotiated for, was sourced through his own initiative. He was speaking at separate ceremonies on Monday at Bremang and Kronom, all suburbs of Kumasi at which he presented 150 dual desks bought from his share of the MPs common fund at a total cost of 15 million cedis to the Bremang and Kronom M/A primary schools. Bremang received 80 of the dual desks with Kronom receiving the remaining 70.

The MP said the decision to assist the Breman primary school to improve upon facilities was because the school, constructed with funds from the Social Investment Fund (SIF) had only three classrooms, thereby compelling the school to operate the shift system, which does not augur well for teaching and learning.

Mr Mensah-Bonsu made it clear that it is his determination to ensure that schools in his constituency are not only equipped with furniture but also they have the relevant facilities to make teaching and learning more conducive.

Mr Winfred K. Siaw, headmaster and Mrs Sylvia Osei Gyamfi, headmistress of the Breman and Kronom primary schools respectively, commended the MP for the assistance but appealed for more furniture for the schools.

The MP had earlier inspected renovation work on the Adadiem M/A JSS at the cost of 50 million cedis at Suame, which was funded from special funds released under the GETFund to MPs for execution of educational projects in their various constituencies.

The renovation involved masonry work, replacement of all broken windows and doors and painting of the entire school block. Mr Kwabena Sarfier Derkyi, headmaster of the Adadiem JSS lauded the MP for his assistance but complained about encroachment by some of the Suame fitters on the school premises.

"Some have turned the school premises into a football park while others have turned it into their fitting workshop and in spite of the repeated appeals to the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) and the Metro directorate of education about the nuisance being caused by such encroachers, there has been no positive response", he added.

Mr Derkyi therefore, reiterated their appeal to the KMA to help construct a fence wall to ward off encroachers. 26 April 04

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