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15.09.2004 Regional News

Ekumfi Attakwa Library yields results

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Enyan Abaasa (C/R), Sept. 15, GNA - Twenty-Five Senior Secondary School leavers from Ekumfi Attakwa and environs in the Central Region who were regular users of the library in the town gained admission to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi this academic year. The library was established by Professor Kwesi Andam, Vice-Chancellor of the University as his personal contribution towards the promotion of education in the area. He has also provided a double-decker bus to convey students from schools in the area to and from the library.

Professor Andam announced this at a fund raising durbar in aid of an early childhood centre initiated by the chiefs and people of Enyan Abaasa as part of the activities marking this year's annual Akwambo festival. The Vice-Chancellor said reading held the key to good education and urged teachers to instill the habit in their pupils. He said the library was stocked with over 20,000 books to help serious student to achieve their ambition and urged teachers and parents to encourage their children to patronize the library to build up their vocabulary.

Prof. Andam said he still stood by his decision to admit students from the less endowed schools in rural areas who showed signs of brilliance, adding that, this was the only way to narrow the gap in education between the rural areas and urban areas. Osagyefo Kwame Akuno X, Omanhene of the traditional area, attributed the poor performance of students partly to the large sizes of classrooms and appealed to the authorities to reduce their sizes to make them manageable. He called on the government to support the disabled to earn decent living saying that "being disable does not mean being unable".

Mr Peter W. Droefenu, Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam District Director of Education, commended the people of the town for their efforts to improve the standard of education in the area.

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