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30.09.2018 Regional News

" Free SHS Will Help Develop Talents "-- Gomoa Central DCE

By Benedict Kweku Nkrumah
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The Free Senior High School policy is not only to produce academic excellence in the country but to develop God-Given skills and to boost human resources for national development, DCE for Gomoa Central, Hon. Benjamin Kojo Otoo has noted.

According to him assessing capability of students shouldn't be on academic excellence only but by assisting them to develop their God-Given skills.

" Some students are not good academically but are extremely perfect in other fields. These students ought to be given the opportunity to develop their skills.

The effort of the government is to open up education to every child. Students can develop their talents better at the second cycle level because it gives them the opportunity to showcase them "

So we cannot use academic Standard to judge their future or declare then ' Non Starter '. The Free SHS therefore gives such students the opportunity to showcase their skills"

How. Benjamin Kojo Otoo stated these when he presented 300 dual desks to the Gomoa East District Directorate of the Ghana Education Service at Gomoa Afransi to enhance effective teaching and learning.

He therefore urged civil society to assist students seem not to be doing good academically but have others skills saying they need encouragement rather than terming them as failures.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Gomoa East District Directorate of the Ghana Education Service, Mr. Patrick King Lumumba Lekey who received the dual desks on behalf of the District Director, Mr. Robert Mensah lauded the DCE and the Assembly for the presentation.

He stated that the furniture would be put into good use assuring that culture of maintenance would be carry out on the desks to ensure their sustainability.

Addressing the second Ordinary Meeting of the third session of the sixth Gomoa Central District Assembly, Hon. Benjamin Kojo Otoo disclosed that the District rose from 8th position in 2017 BECE ranking to 6th position in 2018 in the Central Region.

" I wish to present to you the pasts rate for 2018 BECE. The male students obtained 84.4% in mathematics while the female students got 85.4% in the same subject. Additionally, the male got 76.4% in English Language, while the female obtained 78.0% in the same subject.

The male students obtained 80.4% in the integrated Science with the female obtaining 79.7%. The Social Studies subject recorded 77.1% for male students and 75.9% for female students

Let me congratulate the students for good work done and for making the District proud.

I want to applaud His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana for introducing the Double Track system.

This for the first time in the history of the District enrolled over 50 BECE students into First Class Schools in the region namely Mfanstipim, Wesley Girls, Mfantsiman and others."

Non. Benjamin Kojo Otoo commended Gomoa East District Director of the Ghana Education Service, Mr. Robert Mensah and his staff for effective monitoring and supervision.

"We are hoping that next academic year, the District will record a 100% pass rate and to top the Region when it comes to BECE ranking.

The DCE announced that discussions were on-going with Ghana Cocobod to establish a satellite office within the district to take care of Cocoa farmers in the area as part of Planting for Export programme.

" Hon. Presiding Member, permit me to present to the house the various projects being carried out by the Assembly.

They are, Construction of 1 No. 6 Unit classroom block at Gomoa Lome, Construction of 1 No. 3 Unit classroom block at Gomoa Oguakrom and Construction of 1 No. 2 semi -Detached Quarters at Gomoa Afransi.

The Assembly has also awarded the following projects: Construction of 1 No. 2 Bedroom Semi Detached Nurses Quarters at Gomoa Aboso, Construction of Semi Detached Teachers Quarters at Gomoa Ofaso and Construction of 1 No. CHPS Compound at Gomoa Mangoase.

The Executive Committee of the Assembly has Recommended provision of accommodation for the District Director of the Ghana Education Service (G. E. S) and to connect new areas in the various communities to the National Grid among other things "

The DCE noted that the Executive Committee has also recommended inspection and regular checks on buildings being put up in the District to ensure developers have building permit as well as constant monitoring of Caterers of the School Feeding Programme to ensure efficiency.

" Planting for export and rural development is one of the flagship programmes of the NPP government.

So far, about 35,000 farmers have been sensitized in the Gomoa Central District. Over 5,253 farmers have been registered.

The Assembly has taken delivery of Over 5,000 Coconut seedlings to be distributed. Hundreds of farmers have benefited from the seedlings. We have targeted 10,000 Coconut Seedlings to be supplied to farmers under the first phase of the programme.

This is to facilitate poverty eradication and to improve the lives of the people economically "

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