From Francis Owusu-Ansah, Sunyani .
Two hundred and seven new entrants were on Monday, welcomed to some public schools in the Sunyani Municipality and Banda District in the Brong-Ahafo Region, as part of activities marking this year’s My First Day at School programme.
At the Sunyani Municipal Assembly Primary School, 35 children were registered and the school presented with Calypo soft drinks, biscuits, pencils, erasers and books to be distributed to the entrants.
The Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mrs Evelyn Ama Kumi Richardson, said the government was determined to make education affordable to all Ghanaians, and urged the children to take their studies serious.
At the Abesim Methodist Primary School, also in Sunyani, 35 girls and 41 boys were registered to begin school. The assembly presented the same set of items to motivate them to study well.
The MCE, accompanied by the Sunyani Municipal Director of Education, Madam Theresa Kyere Boakye, also visited the St Paul High School at Atronie, where Mrs Kumi Richardson commended the school feeding caterers for ensuing the children eat well
The Banda District Chief Executive (DCE), Madam Mary Konneh, made a presentation of 100 pairs of shoes, kid’s toys, drinks, and biscuits to all schools in the District. The presentation formed part of activities marking My First Day at School in the district.
Madam Akonneh visited schools at the Bui resettlement communities, including Bui, Akanyakurom and the Dokokyina Roman Catholic Basic School to ensure that quality education is given to children in these areas, as well as the rest of school children in the entire Banda District.
She urged parents to take advantage of the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy to enroll their children in school.
At the time the DCE visited the Bui resettlement site school, 60 new entrants had registered to begin academic work.
Resource Link foundation
A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Resource Link Foundation, also donated 9,000 exercise books and 3,000 of ‘My First Copy’ writing books to all schools in the Banda District.
The representative of the NGO in the Banda District, Mr. James Anane, who presented the items, said the donation is to help the government and parents build a strong foundation at the Basic level to give meaning to the Free SHS policy. He also appealed to teachers to teach pupils in their mother dialects
The Deputy Director of the Ghana Education Service in the Banda District, Mr. E.K. Kuma, stressed on the need for teachers to teach the students how to read and write well.
Mr. Kumah also cautioned that teachers who failed to do their lesson notes would be punished.