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21.11.2005 Regional News

Manya Krobos urged to show concern about schools in their area

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Odumase-Krobo (E/R), Nov. 21, GNA - The Konor of the Manya Krobo Traditional Area, Nene Sakitey II, has called on the people of the area to show concern about the development of their schools. The Konor, who made the call at the 14th Anniversary and Second Speech and Prize-giving Day of the Akro Secondary Technical School at Odumase-Krobo on Saturday, stated his displeasure of the state of infrastructure of the school.

He noted that the school was the oldest state school in the district, which used to be a basic school and should therefore be enjoying the fruits of a vibrant old students association to move the school forward.

Nene Sakitey indicated the strength and benefits in the formation of old students association in every institution and charged those, who had passed through the walls of the school to endeavor to form the association as soon as possible to aid the development of the school. He also appealed to parents in the area to be more involved in the education of their wards by providing them with the necessary logistics and the enabling environment to learn.

The Guest Speaker at the function, Ms Sophia Mate-Korle, a retired educationist, pointed out that enrolment of girls in most community schools was still low as compared to boys and asked parents to see the need in educating their daughters.

She called on the people of Manya-Krobo to help the school to grow, since they stood to benefit from the school than any other people and asked the parents to use the same vigor they have been using in promoting traditional rites in the promotion of their wards education.

Ms Mate-Korle called on the students to desist from unhealthy behaviours that had the tendency to undo the efforts of their parents' investments in them.

The Manya Krobo District Chief Executive (DCE) Mr Asare Sackitey said in less than six months that he assumed office an amount of 100 million cedis had been disbursed, as grants to teacher trainees from the area to motivate them to come back and teach in the area after their training.

He said the assembly had also embarked on the construction of seven new six-unit classroom blocks in the various communities to boost education, all as part of the assembly's resolve to improve the standard of education in the area.

Mr Sackitey said the problems facing the school would be addressed and directed the headmaster to write an application through the assembly to be forwarded to the Get-Fund for a school bus immediately. He presented 1,200 pieces of exercise books, a 26-inch television set to the school from the assembly and one million cedis cash as a donation from the Eastern Regional Minster, Mr Yaw Barimah. The headmaster of the school Mr N.Y Aninagyei said despite the numerous problems facing the school, the school had won a lot of competitions with sister schools in the district and more of it's students qualified to enter tertiary institutions this year than any year in the history of the school.

He thanked the DCE for the items presented to the school. Mr Aninagyei mentioned lack of assembly hall and classroom blocks as the major problems facing the school and appealed to the Ghana Education Service (GES) to treat those two issues as urgent needs to improve teaching and learning in the school.

Prizes were presented to students, who distinguished themselves during the academic year with the overall best student being Ms Berlinda Akwetey a second year agric student, who swept all the core and elective subjects awards of her class.

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