16.07.2004 Regional News

Atwima DDE inspects SIF school block

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Kapro (Ash), July 16, GNA - Mr Eddy Obeng-Darko, the Atwima District Director of Education on Thursday inspected a 600-million-cedi six-classroom block being put up by the Atwima district assembly for the people of Kapro under the Social Investment Fund (SIF) project. More than 490 million cedis have so far been spent on the project, which is being executed by KOA construction firm.

Mr John Owusu-Kwarteng, the Kapro School Management Committee (SMC) chairman and Mr Martin Kwame Takyi, the headteacher, who announced this after leading Mr Obeng-Darko to inspect the project, said the block, which consists of a library, an office and store, will replace the old primary school block which will be converted into a junior secondary school (JSS) next academic year.

The JSS, Mr Takyi said would give relief to the primary six pupils who walk over eight kilometres to attend school at Adankwame and Pasoro and also serves as a feeding school for Kumi Primary School. Mr Owusu-Kwarteng said the community was mobilising resources to put up living accommodation to solve the acute accommodation problem facing teachers posted to the area.

He said a multi-purpose workshop would be put up for the JSS and a large tract of land has been released to the school for practical agriculture.

He commended Nana Takyi Ababio, Kaprohene and Nana Adwoa Anokyewaa, the Queen mother, for personally re-roofing the three classrooms whose roofs were ripped off after a rainstorm and also painted the school block, office and the store.

Mr Stephen Ohemeng-Kwarteng, chairman of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), disclosed that Mr Kofi Berchie, a citizen of the town and resident in Kumasi and Nana Anokyewaa have voluntarily released their new houses to accommodate teachers posted to the area. He called on parents to send their school-going age children to school and also provide them with their basic needs.

Mr Obeng-Darko commended the community for its effort to develop and promote education in the area and called on the residents to help in enrolment drive.

He expressed satisfaction with the rate of work on the new school project and hoped it would be completed on schedule to pave way for the establishment of a JSS.

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