THE government, through the Ghana Educatiion Trust Fund (GETFund), has voted GH¢3.9 million for the rehabilation and construction of additional structures for five senior high schools (SHSs) in the Tain District of the Brong Ahafo Region.
The beneficiary schools are the Nsawkaw, Nkoraman, Baduman, Bandaman and Manjie SHSs in the Tain District.
The additional structures include the building of new classroom and dormitory blocks, as well as science and computer laboratories.
The Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo, disclosed this at the President’s End-of-Year party for 500 schoolchildren drawn from 10 circuits of the Tain District at Nsawkaw, the district capital.
He appealed to the GETFund to consider drilling bore holes as part of the project to help ease water problems in the beneficiary schools.
According to Mr Nyamekye-Marfo, Tain District was selected for the regional celebration due to the contribution of the district to the democracy of the country, adding that Tain had made the history of Ghana special.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo said the project was also an indication by the President to bring children closer to the leadership of the country, adding that this would go a long way to prepare the children for future leadership positions.
He urged parents to desist from various cultural practices that affect the growth of children, and expressed worry over how children were poorly served with meals, whilst the better part of the meals went to the adults.
This, Mr Nyamekye-Marfo said, did not help in the growth of mental and physical health of children.
In his address, the Tain District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr Jones Samuel Tawiah, disclosed that 2,700 dual desks had already been acquired through the Member of Parliament's (MPs) share of the Common Fund and that of the district assembly for distribution to deserving schools in the district.
He urged heads of various schools to apply to the district education directorate for consideration.
The Brong Ahafo Regional Director of the Department of Children, Mr Hammond Oppong Kwarteng, appealed to parents to avoid exposing children to hazardous work that could go a long way to affect their general development.
Fifty plastic chairs and books on the United Nations (UN) Rights of the Child were donated to Dorbor Chips Compound and circuit supervisors in the district for distribution to various schools during the party.