Education Minister On ‘My First Day At School’ Tour

education minThe Minister of Education, Prof Naana Jane Opoku- Agyemang, has warned against the sale of government textbooks.

The warning followed reports reaching the Ministry that some unscrupulous persons were selling books to be distributed to pupils free of charge nationwide.

“Selling and buying of the books are illegal” and to curb the menace “the ministry is liaising with the police to clamp down on those involved,” she said yesterday during a tour of some basic schools in the Greater Accra Region as part of activities marking this year’s ‘My First Day at School’; an event to commemorate the beginning of a new academic year.

Schools visited included Obom- Kojoman M/A Primary School, Amuman Basic, Kwaku Panfo M/A Basic and Avornyokope Community Calvary Baptist Basic, all in the Ga South Municipality.

Prof Opoku- Agyemang and her team distributed educational materials such as exercise books, cups, uniforms and stationery to the pupils.

At the Avornyokope School, the Circuit Supervisor, Khrushchev Appiah, disclosed that the yearly school enrolment had increased by 10 per cent and that the current population was 341 as a result of awareness creation among parents in the community.

At 11 a.m. the over 700 pupils of Amuman Basic, were seated quietly in their classrooms as classes were in progress.

The Minister interacted with some of the children and encouraged them to study hard in order to become responsible citizens and leaders in future.

From Ashaiman, Ernestina A Boateng reports that, a Deputy Minister of Education in-charge of Tertiary Education Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, visted the Blessed Clementina Catholic Basic School, Ashaiman No 1 and 2 Basic Schools as well as Ashiaman No 2 A and B Schools as part of the day to welcome pupils, especially those entering school for the first time.

He interacted with the pupils, teachers, and parents. He used the occasion to distribute items such as erasers, pencils, excises books, drinking cups, toffees and school uniforms to the pupils.

Mr. Ablakwa urged parents to encourage their children, especially the girl-child to pursue higher educational laurels by going beyond the Senior High level.

He advised the pupils to be obedient and to take their studies seriously since education with good morals was a key to a better future.

The Director, Teacher Education Division of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Mr. Samuel Ansah asked basic school teachers to treat their pupils with care for them to enjoy school life.

“Take very good care of these children by treating them fairly and never discriminate because they are all your children indirectly”, he said yesterday when he paid a visit to some basic schools within the Accra Metro as part of this year’s ‘My first day at school’ programme, reports Samuel Tsama.

Schools visited included Osu Salem 1 primary, John Wesley Methodist Basic near Paladium and the Kaneshie Kingsway Primary where he distributed drinking cups to the new entrants.

Addressing the pupils, Mr. Ansah said “your future depends on how you perform now and so pay attention to your teachers and always obey them”.

Agnes Opoku Sarpong reports that the Greater Accra Minister, Mr. Julius Debrah, during a visit to some schools in the Ga West Municipality, told the pupils to be focused and study hard to ensure a better future for themselves.

He told the pupils that government, parents and teachers were doing their possible best to see them through their education to enable them to become better and responsible future leaders of the country.

He later presented about 5,000 exercise books, drinking cups, fruit juice and biscuits to pupils of Pokuase Methodist, Kuntunse M/A Basic, Sapeiman M/A Basic and Amasaman Sacred Heart Schools.

The headmaster of the Amasaman Sacred Heart School, Samuel Mintah, thanked the Minister for the gesture.
The Mayor of Accra, Dr Alfred Okoe Vanderpujie, during his tour of some schools in the metropolis, announced that government would soon introduce the study of Information Communication Technology (ICT) at the kindergarten level to give children an early feel of computer usage reports Linda Aryeetey.

He said kindergarten facilities would be expanded and furnished with miniature computers to make learning easier and interesting for the children.

Among schools visited were the Anunmle, Alogboshie and Kokomlemle 3 Primary in the Okaikoi North and Ayawaso Central constituencies.

Dr. Vanderpujie distributed learning materials to the fresh school children, and promised them more if they studied hard.

Mrs Agnes Moses, headmistress of the Aggrey Basic School said 35 pupils enrolled at the school on the re-opening day.

At the Alogboshie Primary School, Mrs Emily Didzornu, the headmistress appealed to government to help them regain parts of the school land being occupied by encroachers.

From Madina, Lawrence Akpalu reports that the La-Nkwantanang Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Franklin Anku, after touring some schools in the municipality, commended the enthusiasm exhibited by parents in taking their wards to school.

Such a tendency, he said, should be encouraged to uplift the level of education in the country.
He urged the teachers to create on enabling environment for the new entrants to make the day and their subsequent school days memorable.

The MCE presented goodies and educational materials to the pupils.
At the time of the visit at the kindergarten of the La Nkwantanang Cluster of Schools it recorded 46 new entrants, the BabaYara Basic School recorded 25 while 30 new pupils enrolled at the Wass Experimental Basic School.

At Dodowa, the District Chief Executive, Emmanuel Anyeimi Lartey, for the first day urged parents to take advantage of the government’s free education policy and get their wards enrolled in school. - Charles Amankwa

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