Kyebi School for the Deaf thrills crowd at Indece parade

It was a mixture of joy and sorrow when the pupils of the Kyebi School for the Deaf took their turn in a march past to mark the Independence Day at Kyebi (March 6).

The pupils who can neither speak nor respond to noise so meticulously performed to the adminiration of spectators who were either filled with sorrow or joy.

Those who were filled with sorrow were glued to their seat silently, while the joyful ones shouted loudly to applause these pupils who were smartly dressed in their ceremonial black and white attire marching to celebrate the 63rd Independence Day.

The event which started at about 9a.m. at the Kimen’s Park brought together 1,335 pupils from 15 primary schools, 15 JHS, five SHS and two cadet corps from Abuakwa State College and Kibi Senior High Technical School within the East Akim municipality of the Eastern Region.

The East Akim Municipal Director of Education, Madam Grace Addo and the Municipal Chief Executive took the salute.

In her address, Madam Addo said Ghana had every cause to celebrate the 63 years of independence under the theme, ‘Consolidating our Gains’ because of its political stability.

According to her, Ghana’s ability to organise five free and fair elections in the past 20 years was a major stride towards consolidating its democratic achievements.

She noted that the successful reforms in the educational sector were also commendable because parents as well as students now had cause not to cry since many students who would have been denied access to SHS now have brighter future.

“Many burdens have been lifted off the heads of parents as their wards no longer pay for admissions, exams fees and library fees,” she said.

According to her the students now have access to free textbooks, free boarding and meals while parents of basic school pupils can as well have a sigh of relief as they are assured of their wards gaining admissions into any public SHS in the country under the ‘No child is to be left behind’ policy.

Madam Addo urged parents to endeavour to be “purposeful, focused, steadfast, and united” to push the nation’s priorities in order to consolidate on the gains achieved within the years.

The Municipal Chief Executive, Mr Kojo Ofori-Safo read the President’s address.

Speaking to the media after the programme, he said the 6th March 1957 Independence would never be forgotten in the history of the world and that Ghanaians had high hopes and capable of changing Ghana into a better place for posterity.

He appealed for unity among the people for the democratic path chosen by the nation to work.

Mr Ofori-Safo reminded them of the toil of the founding fathers and urged the people in the area, especially the Assembly members to emulate their examples and work hard to generate more revenue for development.

By Samuel Opare Lartey.

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