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31.03.2006 Regional News

Mfantsiman Endowment Fund launched

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Accra, March 31, GNA - Mr Ato Esuman, Member of the Council of State, on Friday launched the Mfantsiman Girls' Secondary School Endowment Fund with a call on the past students to give back what they earned from the school.

He said it was obvious that Government's budgetary allocation could never be enough and sufficient to satisfy every school in that sector. Mr Esuman, who is also Chief Director of the Ministry of Education, noted that Government could no longer bear all the cost of education and, therefore, required the help of all and sundry. "Government can't do it all, all of us need to play a role and those of us blessed to be at places of influence must help to promote education", he said.

The Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Mr Yaw Osafo-Maafo in a speech read for him said the task of expanding access to education and provision of infrastructure could not be the sole responsibility of the Government in the face of huge socio-economic problems. He called for support of all forms to lift education to admirable heights saying constructive criticism would help more than destructive ones. Mrs Sarah Wilson, Headmistress of the Mfantsiman, said the school building needed urgent rehabilitation to save it from collapse and the school needed more classrooms to ease congestion. She noted that although the Government through the Ghana education trust Fund (GETFund) had provided certain facilities more ought to be done. "The interventions, notwithstanding, the school still needs massive support materially and financially to redeem herself from the present predicament", she said. 31 March 06