A TOTAL of 3,223 schoolchildren in 15 deprived communities in the Sunyani Municipality in the Brong Ahafo Region have benefited from the government’s free school uniform policy.
Some of the beneficiary schools are Atronie Municipal Assembly, Atronie Methodist, Antwikrom, Ohukrom, Daadom, Yawsaekrom and Wawasua Primary schools.
Presenting some of the free school uniforms at ceremonies at Atronie and Wawasua, the Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Kwasi Oppong Ababio, stated that the government’s policy to supply free school uniforms to deprived schools was not a nine-day wonder but would continue every year as far as the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government was concerned.
He gave the assurance that schools in deprived communities in the municipality would also benefit from the school feeding programme, which had been increased by the NDC government to entice more children to enrol in schools.
Mr Ababio said the free school uniforms and exercise books were in fulfilment of the NDC’s manifesto for the realisation of the “Better Ghana” Agenda.
He said already more than 100,000 free exercise books had been distributed to the schools in the municipality.
The MCE stressed that the government’s aim for the intervention was to reduce the burden on parents as far as education financing was concerned.
He stated that the government would ensure the success of the Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education (FCUBE) to enhance quality education delivery since no country could develop without education.
Mr Ababio reiterated the government’s commitment to provide rural communities with the necessary social amenities such as potable water, good roads, electricity and quality classroom blocks to ensure that the people lived in dignity.
He urged the schoolchildren to justify the huge investment being made in them by the government and their parents by studying hard to become responsible future leaders.
The Sunyani Municipal Director of Education, Rev. Father Timothy Kamkam Dwomfuor, who received the uniforms on behalf of the schools, thanked the MCE and the government for the gesture.
He gave the assurance that the uniforms would encourage the children to go to school.
Rev. Fr. Dwomfuor urged the teachers to eschew alcoholism, laziness and absenteeism.
He also entreated parents to take keen interest in the education of their children.