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23.07.2005 Regional News

Teachers urged to work hard to justify their earnings

GNA

Ekumfi Abor (C/R), July 23, GNA - Teachers have been urged to work hard to justify the salaries they earn. Mr Kobena Esia-Donkor, a retired headmaster of the Breman Asikuma Secondary School said teachers who earned salaries they did not work for wasted their earnings on drink and other unproductive ventures. Speaking at the Speech and Prize-giving Day of the Ekumfi Abor Methodist Primary and JSS on Friday, Mr Esia-Donkor said God had special love for children and that anyone who cheated them would not go unpunished.

Mr Esia-Donkor, who is also a member of the Mfantseman District Assembly, admonished parents not to allow their school going children to get too involved in their businesses.

"If a child gets to know that he can make quick money from his parent's business his education suffers", he said. Mr Kwamina Amoasi-Andoh, National Coordinator, International Labour Organisation (ILO), who provided books that were awarded as prizes to the pupils commended the government for introducing the Capitation Fund saying, "with the government taking over the fees and levies collected at basic schools parents will have no excuse to deny their children basic education".

Mr Francis Mensah, Mfantseman District Planning Officer said the Assembly was making efforts to provide the town with teachers' quarters. He advised the school authorities to encourage the planting of trees around the compound to serve as windbreaks. Mr R C N Fio, Headmaster, bemoaned the inadequate teachers and teaching material in the school and appealed to the Ghana Education Service to address the problem.

Reverend Samuel Arkaifi, local Manager of Methodist schools announced that the Church had decided to award scholarships to brilliant students next year.

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