The St. Anthony Primary School, at the Gbane mining site in the Talensi district of the Upper East Region, is to be relocated to a nearby vicinity in the Gbane Community to ensure the safety and smooth academic work of the pupils.
In this regard, managements of Shaanxi Mining, Ghana Limited was financing the construction of a three- unit classroom block at a total cost of GH¢190,000 to accommodate the school.
Also to be constructed alongside the school are an office, a store and a four – unit KVIP place of convenience, which are lacking at the old site.
Shaanxi Mining Company has been providing support to Yenyeya and Pubortaaba small scale mining companies, owners of mining concessions in Gbane where the school is located.
At the new site where the construction of the school had already started Mr. Edward Awunnore, the District Chief Executive (DCE) of Talensi district, announced that the construction work would be completed by the middle of April.
According to Mr. Awonnore, when the issue of the relocation of the school came up, the District Assembly collaborated with the chiefs and Tindana’s of Gbane for the release of land for the construction of the school.
Mr. Awunnore said the Talensi District Assembly was considering adding three more classrooms to those being built by Shaanxi to bring the total number to six.
The mid-year review budget of the assembly will take care of the cost of the additional three classrooms.
Later at a meeting with the parents and guardians of St. Anthony Primary School to brief them officially on the relocation of the school, the DCE urged them to show concern for the education of their children.
He asked the parents to send their children to school and not to sacrifice them to the mines.
Mr. Joseph Anokye, Human Resource Manager of Shaanxi, assured the parents that the children would enjoy their studies at the new site.
According to Mr. Anokye, a number of bore-holes would be drilled at the new site to provide potable water to the school and its surrounding areas.
He said a befitting recreational ground would also be provided for the pupils at the new site.
Mr. Maxwell Wooma, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) for Shaanxi Mining said as part of his outfit’s social responsibility, they were obliged to ensure that the children were safe at the school.
Mr. Francis Naleog Naampana, headteacher of St. Anthony Primary School, complained that there were only three teachers in the school handling the six classes and appealed to the DCE to assist the school to get additional three teachers.
From Mohammed Ibrahim,Gbane