FOUR SCHOOLS RECEIVE DUAL DESKS FROM BOLGA-EAST D.A
Some four basic schools in the Bolgatanga East District of the Upper East Region, have all together received a total of 180 dual desks from the Assembly at a brief presentation ceremony this Tuesday morning, held at the forecourt of the District Assembly’s offices. The schools included the T.I Ahmadiyya, the Zuarungu Moshi, the Nimolgo and the Grace Preparatory Primary schools.
Acting District Chief Executive [DCE] Hon. Emmanuel Abugre Abole in his remarks said, the presentation formed part of efforts by the Assembly to make pupils comfortable in the teaching and learning environment. He disclosed that the package was funded by the Ministry of Education and gave the distribution breakdown as follows; T.I Ahmadiyya got 80 sets of the dual desks, Zuarungu Moshi received 60 pieces, Grace Preparatory had 38 of them and 22 were given to the Nimolgo primary school.
He observed that the issue of inadequate furniture had always been a pressing matter for the Assembly as far as education was concerned in the area. He thus entreated authorities of the recipient schools to keep the furniture in good shape by fixing them whenever they develop defects but not wait on the Assembly to necessarily come and do so, as there will always be other equally important needs. He noted further that, such educational needs as classroom space and other critical logistics were often more needed in deprived areas like Zuarungu and its environs and thus, appealed to the parent-teacher associations and philanthropists to step in and augment the efforts of government.
Hon. Abole also charged citizens of the district to do advocacy on behalf of under-resourced schools in the area so that corporate Ghana and other well-wishers can learn of the plight of students and come in to support in any way they can. He hinted that in the coming months, the Assembly was expecting to take delivery of some additional desks totaling about 600 and that, these will be apportioned among schools that were relatively needy.
The District Director of Education Mr. George Asira, who was obviously elated with the presentation, described it as timely and thanked the Assembly for the gesture. He pledged that he will ensure his headteachers take good care of the furniture so as to derive maximum benefits from them. He commended the Assembly for its constant efforts at helping the education sector mentioning that just a few months ago, his office received a consignment of 780 pieces of both dual and mono desks.
Mr. Asira stated that “government’s responsibility is always huge and yet government’s resources are few so if you are chosen to be part of receiving from government’s coffers, then you have to thank God”. He therefore tasked the school heads to guard against reckless use of the furniture by students. He also appealed to parents not to completely neglect the educational needs of their children simply because of government’s interventions in the education sector but rather, constantly support their wards as well as the schools in any form that they could.
The education director emphasized the importance of education to people in his part of the country by stating, “in this part of the world, education is the only instrument that can liberate us – education is our cocoa farm; school is the cocoa farm”. He therefore made a passionate appeal to parents to prioritize their children’s education above any other expenditures.
BY PETER ATOGEWE WEDAM
DISTRICT INFORMATION OFFICER