District Chief Executive for Bongo in the Upper East Region, Peter Ayinbisa Ayamga on Friday, presented 160 pieces of school uniforms to pupils of the Goo-Atandaa Primary and Kindergarten schools.

This comes just one week after he had made a promise to the authorities and pupils of the school when he visited the school on a different mission.

It will be recalled that Starr FM, an Accra-based radio station on 11thFebruary, 2019, published a news item about how over 200 children of the Goo-Atandaa Primary school were without classrooms and also exposed to bees in their school environment.

This caught the DCE’s attention and quickly visited the school for an engagement with the authorities so as to have a personal sight of the situation.

During that fact-finding visit to the school in the company of the Starr FM reporter, the DCE, Hon. Ayinbisa disclosed that, appropriate action had been taken to construct a modern 9-unit school block for the school as a philanthropist, who is also the founder of the Boys and Girls Club of Ghana, Dr. Patricia Essilfie, had undertaken in 2016 to fund the construction.

Hon. Ayinbisa also revealed that, close to 3,000 blocks had been moulded so far for the commencement of the project while the Bongo District Assembly had drilled a bore-hole nearby, to facilitate the construction works. The DCE was however disappointed in some community leaders of the area and a committee put in place to oversee the project, saying their in-fighting and petty disagreements caused a stalling of the project for a little over one year.

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According to the DCE, he had since retrieved a vital land document covering the plot of land donated for the project which had been hijacked by a citizen of the area and that, he had also reached out to the philanthropist and briefed her about the progress made.

As a result, the project is scheduled to continue before the end of February 2019, to get the structure in place in order to relieve the poor school children in the area of their predicament.

Meanwhile, the DCE has presented some free school uniforms to the students on Friday, February 22, 2019, and promises to add the Goo-Atandaa Primary and KG to next group of beneficiaries of the Ghana School Feeding Programme.

If the DCE’s “Promise and Deliver” attitude is anything to go by then these little children will very soon, beam with smiles again as the Ghana School Feeding Programme will serve them a free quality meal on each school day which is also expected to encourage many more children to attend school regularly.

Hon. Ayinbisa charged parents in the community to clean the uniform regularly for their wards and also patch the uniform for them immediately a tear happens. He asked parents and community members to assist the authorities of the school in giving the best education to their children as he expressed high hopes that, some of these kids will be the futures doctors, teachers, presidents and other productive citizens that Ghana yearns for.

He announced that from September, 2019 basic education in Ghana, will now truncate at the Senior High School level.

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Meanwhile he also hinted that, the historic Free Senior High School Programme will be streamlined to benefit only students who attained aggregate 25 or better in order to ensure that students earned their inclusion in this laudable education intervention.

He noted that while this move would push potential beneficiaries to take their studies seriously, it would also guarantee that only quality products were churned out of the country’s educational system.

The Regent of Goo, Naba Adam Nyaaba, thanked the DCE for the gesture and pledged that henceforth, the community would do everything to ensure that the school project runs to a smooth completion as the children could not wait any longer to have their lessons and other academic work under a befitting school structure.

Source: | Peter Atogewe Wedam | Ghana



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