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04.06.2004 Regional News

KMA urged to re-locate Christian M/A JSS

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Kumasi, June 4, GNA- An appeal has been made to the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) to re-locate the Christian M/A Junior Secondary School (JSS) at Bomso in view of the danger posed to teachers and students by the transmission line of the Volta River Authority (VRA).

Mrs Elizabeth Kyei, Headmistress of the school who made the appeal said, because the high-tension cables, which pass directly over the school, it becomes absolutely unbearable to stay in the classrooms during midday as a result of the volume of heat.

Mrs Kyei made the appeal in a speech at the first open day and the commissioning of a 15-million-cedis library project for the school at Bomso, a suburb of Kumasi, on Thursday.

The school library was funded by the Parent-Teacher-Association (PTA).

The Headmistress also complained of the temporary structures being used as classrooms and advised that permanent buildings should be constructed at a new site.

Reacting to the concerns raised by the Headmistress, Mr Nicholas Twumasi Amponsah, the Kumasi Metropolitan Director of Education, pledged to cooperate with the KMA to address the problem.

Mr Amponsah observed that such a practice has largely contributed to indiscipline in schools, adding, "in the teachers bid to even instil discipline in children some parents reward them with verbal and physical assaults.

He made it clear that the training and nurturing of children was a collective responsibility, and for that matter parents should begin to appreciate that and play their role well.

Alhaji Alhassan Ibn Ibrahim, Chairman of the School Management Committee (SMC), reminded parents that the best legacy they could bequeath to their children is knowledge and not material wealth. He advised parents to sacrifice the resources they expend on leisure and luxuries into supporting the education of their children.

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