From Samuel Agbewode
The North Tongu District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr. Richard Collins Arku, has stressed the need for stakeholders in education to pay serious attention to basic education, with emphasis on kindergartens, to ensure that a sound foundation is laid for children to enable them to fit into the education system when they grow.
Mr. Arku noted that it was becoming clear that less attention was given to Kindergarten education, particularly in the North Tongu District, because the basic needs of children at that level of education were not provided, such as furniture, citing a typical example of pupils at Battor-Manya DA Primary School where the children sit on the floor.
The DCE said this during a presentation ceremony of classroom furniture to the Battor-Manyah Kindergarten to fulfill a promise he made during a working visit to some schools in the district to find out challenges confronting teaching and learning.
He stressed the need for stakeholders in education to help create the needed environment which would attract children to stay in school and learn, noting that many children dropped out of school at an early stage as a result of the poor school environment they found themselves in, and which should not be allowed to continue.
The DCE pointed out that children would develop an interest in going to school only when the appropriate school environment was created, saying the government was doing everything possible to promote quality education, and it was the duty of all stakeholders to complement government’s efforts.
Mr. Arku said children were the hope and future of every society, therefore, they should be effectively supported, to enable them grow into responsible adults.
He further urged parents to invest meaningfully in the education of their wards, stressing that investing in their children’s education was the best legacy they could leave for their wards.
A representative from the North Tongu District Directorate of Education, Madam Veronica Lumor, who received the furniture on behalf of the school, thanked the DEC for the gesture and asked the school management to cultivate the culture of maintenance to ensure that the furniture lasted longer.
The Headteacher of Battor-Manya DA Primary School, Mr. Sitsofe Dzokoto, said the DCE’s intervention had brought total happiness to the children who have no chairs and tables to sit and write, saying it was one of the major problems confronting the school, and thanked him.