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21.05.2005 General News

Cape Coast loosing national pride as academic citadel

By GNA

Accra, May 21 GNA - Cape Coast, once the citadel of national academic pursuit, is gradually loosing the prestigious position, thus affecting all aspects of development in the sprawling municipality. The increasing number of students in the Central Regional capital, who are founding it difficult to gain admission to the local Senior Secondary Schools (SSS), has compounded the situation.

Mr Sam N. Brew Butler, General Secretary of Oguaman Union, an association of citizens and individuals interested in the development of Cape Coast announced this at an interactive cocktail meeting with the Trustees and Patrons of the union in Accra.

The meeting, brainstormed on measures to address the falling standards of education at both the Junior Secondary SSS levels. The executives also discussed the launch of an Educational Trust Fund, in August this year, to support brilliant but needy students. Mr Brew Butler said another objective of the union was to promote peace and foster unity and fraternity among Cape Coast citizens and those in the Diaspora to facilitate development.

He said the endowment fund would cover students from other parts of the region.

Mr Brew Butler said the union would form a caucus to solicit financial and other support needed to execute its projects.

He called for the mobilization of human and other natural resources to develop Cape Coast with the focus on the empowerment of the youth, to harness their talents to promote the economic prosperity to Oguaman.

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