Dasabliglo (U/E), March 14, GNA - As part of its 30th Anniversary celebration, the West African Examination Council (WAEC), is to present reading books worth 450 million cedis to deprived schools in all the regions in Ghana. A member of the WAEC Endowment Fund, Mr John Nyoaba, announced this, when he presented 110 reading books to Dasabligo Primary and Junior Secondary School in the Telensi- Nabdam District of the Upper East Region last week. He explained that the objectives of the Endowment Fund include the promotion of educational development, provision of awards for outstanding contributions to the Council's work and awarding prizes for outstanding performance by candidates in examinations conducted by WAEC.
Mr Nyoaba indicated that the Chief Examiner's Report on candidates' performance in English Language over the years also formed the main purpose of the donation, saying, in the modest way, the WAEC Fund hoped that the books would help address some of the issues raised in the report. He appealed to traditional rulers, opinion leaders, and teachers to encourage pupils of the benefits of read books, emphasising that, teachers should create ways of whipping up the pupils' interest in reading, for example, helping them to dramatise some of the stories and narratives in class to enable the Endowment to achieve its main objectives. He further enjoined parents to endeavour to provide some schooling materials for their awards, so as to help them improve upon the use of the English Language. Mr Nyoaba also advised the pupils to pay more attention to their studies.
The Headmaster of the school, Mr Francis Sapaat, commended Link Community Development, an NGO, the Catholic Relief Services and the Regional Education Directorate for contributing immensely to the development of the school. He appealed to the Telesnsi-Nabdam District Assembly to provide the school with mosquito nets to prevent malaria, saying that, between 1998 and 2006, the school lost about 13 children, mainly due to malarial cases. On his vision, he announced that the school, which was opened in 1995, intended to achieve a total enrolment of 450 from primary to JSS, attain 100 per cent at the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and have a Day Care Centre in full operation among others, by the year 2008.