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17.07.2005 General News

FCUBE will not succeed if, -- Director

GNA

Feyiase (Ash), July 17, GNA - The Free compulsory Universal Basic Education (FCUBE) will not succeed if communities fail to acknowledge ownership of their schools by protecting and maintaining the infrastructure, especially school lands.

Mrs. Dora Doris Amaniampong, the Bosomtwe-Atwima-Kwanwoma District Director of Education, who stated this, therefore, called on School Management Committees (SMCs), Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs), Unit committees and stakeholders to ensure that educational facilities provided in their communities were taken good care of. She was speaking at the Open Day of the Feyiase Junior Secondary School (JSS) at the weekend.

Mrs Amaniampong stressed the importance of education up to, at least the basic level, saying that as from next year the Basic Education Certificate would be requisite qualification for obtaining a driving license.

She therefore asked the pupils to take their education seriously to ensure their better future. Mr John Acquah, Headteacher of the school, expressed concern about the high truancy rate in the school and blamed the situation on parents who allowed their children to watch videos and play instead of learning.

He announced that the staff in collaboration with the SMC and PTA would introduce night studies, which would be monitored by the PTA and unit committee to ensure compliance as a bid to raise the standard of education in the town.

Nana Kwaku Adjei, the SMC and PTA chairman, pledged to support the school's development and challenged parents to rise above the task of taking care of their children's educational needs. He announced that last year the PTA extended electricity to the school in readiness for the night studies and called on parents not to leave the education of their children on teachers alone but help with their education.

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