THE Atebubu-Amantin District Assembly in the Brong Ahafo Region has decided to pursue the government’s target of reducing schools under trees to the barest minimum if not completely, as well as pupils who sit on stones and kitchen stools to learn in the district.
Consequently, the assembly has decided to continue the vigorous expansion of school infrastructure and also renovate dilapidated school buildings and construct new ones as a priority, this year.
The assembly also gave the assurance to continue with vacation classes for pupils and students and the super district mock examination for final year junior high school (JHS) students in order to lift the standard of education in the district.
Again, the assembly has plans to connect 40 per cent of all JHSs in the Amantin and Atebubu township to the national grid this year to enable students to embark on evening classes.
Mr Sanja Nanja, the Atebubu-Amantin District Chief Executive (DCE) said this at the first ordinary meeting of the assembly at Atebubu.
He said the assembly and the Ghana Education Service (GES), working in collaboration with other development partners, had within the period expanded school infrastructure such as three-unit classroom blocks under the Community-based Rural Development Project (CBRDP) at Ahotor, Beposo and Atebubu Roman Catholic (R/C) JHS. These projects, he said are 60 per cent completed
Mr Nanja said three-unit classroom pavilions were under construction at Bompa, Seneso and Bolga village which are also 90 per cent completed and will be inaugurated very soon for use by the beneficiary schools.
In addition, the Atebubu-Amantin DCE said the assembly had supported 74 trainee teachers financially to the tune of GH¢5,050.00, while the assembly in collaboration with the government had provided more teaching and learning materials to schools and teachers.
He stated that the district also benefited from 25,329 exercise books under the government’s free exercise book policy and organised vacation classes for all final year JHS students as well as a super district mock examination to the tune of GH¢10,000.00.
Mr Nanja therefore expressed the hope that the students would comport themselves in the examination hall to ensure their success at the examination.
He noted that the assembly was also reviewing and streamlining the operation of its educational sponsorship scheme in order not to lose value for money.
Subsequently, the assembly had set up a committee to advice on the selection of beneficiaries and other modalities of the scheme while the Education Endowment Fund would be launched in September, this year.