Chiraa (B/A), July 3, GNA - Mr Kwadwo Adjei Darko, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, on Friday noted with regret that some parents spent their resources on alcohol, funerals and other ceremonies to the detriment of their children's education. He said: "Education is the greatest asset we can give to our children to enable them to become responsible citizens and good leaders" and advised parents to send the children to school.
Mr Adjei Darko, who is also Member of Parliament for Sunyani West, was speaking at an award ceremony organized by the Parent-Teacher Association of Chiraa Secondary School in the Sunyani Municipality to honour staff and students for their hard work.
He advised children to learn hard to enable them to pass their examinations to justify the huge investment being made in their education.
Mr Ignatius Baffour-Awuah, Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive, asked school authorities to establishment counselling section to guide students in choosing their courses to enable them to develop their careers.
He noted that some good students had failed in life because they refused to enter any other tertiary institution apart from the University for which they did not have the required grades. "The University is not the only tertiary institution that can assist students to develop their talents; there are equally better educational institutions such as the polytechnics and training colleges ".
Mr Baffour-Awuah advised students against smoking, alcoholism and hooliganism and to study hard to improve the academic performance. Mr Samuel Adu-Saforo, Headmaster, said the award was in recognition of the hard work of staff and students that enable the school to place 69th at the national level and fifth at the regional level in the 2003-2004 Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination. He appealed to individuals and organisations to assist the school with funds to enable it complete work on the dinning hall, which had grounded to a halt due to lack of funds.