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23.02.2006 Regional News

Solar system inaugurated At Brekumanso

By GNA

Brekumanso (E/R), Feb. 23, GNA - The Deng Limited, a solar systems production and development company, has donated and installed a 30-million-cedi solar system at a basic school at Brekumanso, near Asamankese.

In his inaugural address, the West Akyem District Chief Executive, Mr Kwabena Sintim-Aboagye, said under the President's Special Initiative on Distance Learning, the Assembly had taken delivery of a number of television sets for distribution to some selected schools in the District to enhance teaching and learning.

He promised that with the installation of the solar energy facility, a television set would be allocated to the L/A Junior Secondary School.

The DCE said the government was determined to extend electricity from the national grid to every community while solar photovoltaic energy would be provided to communities, which for technical or economic reasons, could not be connected to the national grid. Mr Sintim-Aboagye noted that the misuse of free time by school children had continued to be a source of worry to parents and the District Assembly, saying, children were often seen patronizing funerals, video shows and dance halls to the neglect of their books. He said it was a big relief to the Assembly that the school had been provided with light to assist pupils in using their free time profitably.

The Director of Peace Corps, Ghana, Ms Madeleine Mader, stressed the need for parents to find an ideal place and time for the children to study and to ensure that they had something to eat in order to have energy to learn.

Parents should also visit the schools of their wards to find out how they were faring, saying Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) should also ensure that there was transparency in the collection and disbursement of whatever revenue that was received. The District Director of Education, Rev. Emmanuel Antwi, expressed the hope that with the installation of the solar-powered light, the pupils would study hard to improve their chances for a brighter future. Mr Frede Bosteen, chairman of Deng Solar System, said his company was happy to assist communities with solar energy and expressed the hope that the community would take good care of the facility.

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