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29.04.2004 Regional News

Four primary one pupils get six years scholarship

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Ho, April 29, GNA - Four pupils out of a class of 24 of the Gyamlonome Evangelical Primary School in the Kadjebi district, who decided to attend school instead of going to farm with their parents were on Wednesday awarded a six-year scholarship package by the Kadjebi District Assembly.

The four, who are class one pupils are Johnson Owusu, Charles Amegbletor, Wise Soglo and Ernest Owusu Attah, will in addition, receive school uniforms during the period.

Mr Emmanuel Adzolah, Headteacher of the School who briefed the Deputy Minister of Information, Mr Stephen Asamoah-Boateng on tour of some development projects in the district, said some parents during the inception of the farming season normally asked their children to accompany them to their farms thereby reduce the school's nominal attendance.

He however, explained that the school re-opened on Monday and most pupils were still in the holiday mood.

Mr Adzolah said accommodation was a problem to the few teachers since most of them reside eight kilometres away from the school.

Mr Asamoah-Boateng passionately appealed to parents and guardians to refrain from the unproductive practice of immediate economic gains. He said their attitude was not only a drawback to development but criminal for the use of child labour.

Mr Asamoah-Boateng reminded the people at a durbar that the greatest service they could bequeath to the country was to invest in the education of their children.

"Investment in education propelled the economies of Malaysia, Japan and Singapore, so refrain from the dastard act", he said.

Mr Asamoah-Boateng reiterated that the next phase of the educational sector reforms would be tilted to teachers after undertaking and completing school infrastructure development.

Mr Kofi Adjei-Ntim, Kadjebi District Chief Executive who announced the package pledged to personally monitor the progress of the school to stem the practice.

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