I’ll address challenges confronting basic education – Okoh Vanderpuije

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ablekuma South Constituency, Mr. Alfred Okoh Vanderpuije has promised to address challenges confronting basic education in the constituency.

He said education was of major concern to him and he would ensure that every child of school going age was found in the classroom.

Mr. Vanderpuije said this on Monday when the heads of basic schools in the constituency paid a courtesy call on him to congratulate him for winning the parliamentary seat of the Ablekuma South Constituency and also discuss the problems affecting education in the constituency.

He said he was aware of the challenges affecting education and would continue work to address them.

The MP assured the heads that he would work with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly to build millennium schools and address the infrastructural needs of the schools.

Mr. Vanderpuije  said  issues of  toilet  and  refuse  disposal  within the  educational   system  would  be adequately resolved  to  enhance teaching and learning.

He said that  the  drainage  system at the  St. Mary’s  Basic  School and  Chemunaa  Basic  School  would be looked at  adding that they will “also  work with the incoming  mayor of Accra  to put up a millennium school  Chemunaa”.

According to the MP,  there was the need  for  continuous  academic  activity  to chart  the  growth of academic  performance  within the  constituency.

He said he would put in place an award system to reward the best three schools   in the constituency to enable both teachers and students to make education very competitive.

Mr. Vanderpuije spoke against   absenteeism  by both  teachers  and  students and urged that  the practice be halted henceforth  adding  that “student have to know that when they step in school  they mean  business”.

He bemoaned the fact  most students were often  found  loitering  around with the  excuse that  “teacher has  sent  me,” while  others  were  dropping out of school as a  result of teenage pregnancy.

Mr. Vanderpuije assured the head teachers that he would find resources to boost education in the constituency.

The secretary of the Headteachers’ Association of Ablekuma South, Mr. Alhasssan A.M. Debone, said basic schools within the constituency were facing challenges such as lack of potable water, toilet facilities, flooding of some school compounds, lack of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centres, poor drainage system, and inadequate infrastructure.

By Jemima Esinam Kuatsinu       

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