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25.08.2004 Regional News

Encourage wards to attend SSS in communities - Baah-Wiredu

By GNA

Krofu (C/R), Aug 25, GNA - Mr Kodwo Baah-Wiredu, Minister for Education, Youth and Sports, has advised parents and guardians to encourage their wards to attend senior secondary schools within their communities instead of putting pressure on the authorities of big schools for admission.

He said it was only by encouraging students to patronise such schools within their communities that such less-endowed institutions could also come to the line-light.

The Minister commended some less endowed schools for performing creditably and mentioned Our Lady of the Apostles (OLA) Senior Secondary School at Kenyase in the Brong Ahafo Region and the St Francis Secondary School at Jirapa, as examples.

The Minister was speaking at a durbar at Krofu near Mankessim to mark the annual akwambo festival of the people.

Mr J.M. Nyarko, a 63-year-old Public Relations Officer of the Traditional Cateress Association, was outdoored at the function as the Chief of the town under the stood name, Okraban Kwansah II.

Mr Baah-Wiredu expressed disappointment about the BECE results just released by the West African Examinations Council and said the performance was not encouraging.

He stated the government's determination to do everything possible to make students perform better and urged parents and teachers to play their roles effectively.

The Minister said that with the upgrading of 31 senior secondary schools into model schools, a greater number of the 170,357 students who had aggregates between six and 30 should be able to gain admission. He assured schools in the rural areas that they would not left out in the computer services the Ministry was introducing.

Mr Baah-Wiredu said, the Ghana Educational Trust Fund, would be disbursed through the district assemblies for allocation by the District Education Oversight Committees.

Mr. Isaac Edumadze, Central Regional Minister, called on Ghanaians not to allow politics to divide their ranks and urged politicians to conduct themselves in a way that Ghanaians could always move together as brothers and sisters with a common goal.

Nana Okraban Kwansah, appealed to the government to rehabilitate the roads linking the town to Mankessim and Saltpond, which were in bad state and to provide the people with KVIP toilets and to address the irregular water flow to the town.

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