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24.11.2005 Regional News

Capitation grant started yielding positive results

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Gomoa Aboso (C/R), Nov 24, GNA - Twenty-four needy children from Gomoa Aboso AME Zion Primary and Junior Secondary school (JSS) have received items worth one million cedis from the capitation grant. They received a school bag, exercise books, pencils and pens, Mr Rockson Onumah, Chairman of the Parents Teacher Association (PTA), disclosed to the Ghana News Agency (GNA).

He said a five-member-committee had been set up to select beneficiaries.

Mr Onumah stated that the Committee found out that some students and pupils had stopped attending school due to their poor background and others because of broken homes.

According to the PTA Chairman some of them were orphans and street children, adding that, one of the beneficiaries who had lost his father while the mother had been incapacitated for more than seven years was picked on the street while selling tomatoes by a philanthropist. Mr Onumah expressed concern about the behaviour of some men in the Gomoa Aboso area who neglected their children's education and other basic things.

He appealed to the Gomoa District Assembly to construct an additional classroom block due to the increased enrolment.

Nana Kojo Anamoah II, Adontenhene of Gomoa Nkran, cautioned school children to abstain from pre-marital sex to avoid contracting HIV/AIDS and to study hard to enable them to become useful citizens. Nana Anamoah known in private life as Mr Ebo Koomson, an Accountant at the Agona District office of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) expressed appreciation to the government for the introduction of Capitation grant, which he said would go a long way to alleviate the suffering of children from poor families.

Mr Emmnauel Oscar Oduro, Head teacher of the school, said the 5.7 million cedis the received as its capitation grant for the first phase had disbursed.

He said the next term the school would supply uniforms to needy pupils and students as part of the capitation grant to enhance effective teaching and learning.

Mr Oduro also called for the construction of the new school block to cater for the increased enrolment because of the capitation grant. He said each classroom now was between 70 and 72, which was far above the normal class. 24 Nov 05