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19.03.2006 Education

Minister calls on children not to joke with their education

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Piase (Ash), March 19, GNA - Mr Sampson Kwaku Boafo, Ashanti Regional Minister, has called on school-going children not to joke with their education.

He said it was only when one chose to reach higher levels in education that the person realises his or her real destiny in life. Mr Boafo was addressing a durbar of chiefs and people of Piase in the Bosomtwe-Atwima-Kwanwoma district on Friday when he cut the sod for the construction of a six-classroom block with office, store and library estimated to cost 600 million cedis.

The Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) is sponsoring the project to be completed in nine months time.

The Regional Minister who pledged to add a kindergarten block to the project, appealed to parents to encourage their children to take their studies seriously.

He stressed the need for chiefs to get involved in getting all school going children to be in school, saying, because of the importance of education that was the reason why the government was pumping huge sums of money into its development in the country.

Mr. Bright Addai-Mununkum, the Bosomtwe-Atwima-Kwanwoma District Chief Executive, said through the Community-Based Rural Development, the assembly has secured 78,000 dollars for the construction of six-classrooms at Deikrom and Piase this year.

He indicated that the government was committed to the development and the welfare of Ghanaians and it therefore, behoved all Ghanaians to give it the needed support and co-operation at all levels. Mr Gyamfi Frimpong, the Ashanti Regional Director of the Architectural Engineering Services Limited (AESL), consultants of the project, urged the people to co-operate with the contractor, STIVO Company to have the courage to work as expected of him.

He said the government does not discriminate in the distribution of projects and hence those who have not benefited would have their share at the appropriate time.

Nana Osei Gyamerah II, chief of Piase, congratulated the government for the project and pledged that he and the people would continue to support it in its development programmes.