Asuom (E/R), Jan. 19, GNA - Asuom Nkosoo Kuo, a benevolent society has awarded scholarships to two students of the Asuom Secondary School in the Kwaebibirem District of the Eastern Region. They are master Paul Amponsah and miss Susana Korankyewaa. The award is one million cedis per term per student for three years.
Mrs. Mary Appiah-Ampofo, Chairperson of the Union presenting a cheque for two million cedis to the students said the award was part of activities marking their 20th anniversary celebrations. She said the Union had undertaken development projects in the school and the town, but decided to assist some brilliant but needy students in the town.
Mrs Appiah-Ampofo said the association had in addition decided to reward hardworking and dedicated tutors to motivate them. She regretted that most parents were interested in funerals at the expense of their children's education and advised them to change their attitude.
Mr. Yaw Denkyira Badu, immediate past chairman of the Union, said the gesture was complimentary, and urged parents of the students not to shirk their responsibilities but endeavour to provide the needs of their children.
Mr. Badu said the award would continue depending on their seriousness in school and advised them to be disciplined and obey all school rules and regulations.
Mr. George Okyere, Headmaster of the school, said due to the improvement in the school's academic performance last year, the student population increased from 450 in 2004 to 900 in 2005. Mr. Okyere said in 2003 the school placed 318 on the performance of schools released by the Ghana Education service but jumped to 206 in 2004.
He said even though performance for 2005 had not been released, students performance in individual subjects were better than 2004. Nana Kwasi Owusu, Asuom Benkumhene commended the Union for its kind gesture and appealed to individuals, organizations, institutions and Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs) to emulate it. He expressed appreciation to the school authorities and the staff for sacrificing their time to teach final year students during the school vacation.