The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ellembele Constituency, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, has initiated free vacation classes for Senior High School students in the Ellembele District under the Gold Track programme.
Form One and Two students under the Gold Track have had to endure staying at home for three months.
The students vacated from school last December, and, under the programme, have to stay at home for three months before they could go back to the classroom.
Considering the number of months the students have to stay at home, the Member of Parliament initiated the free vocational classes for them in order to save them from idling at home.
The first day of classes recorded a total of 350 students turning up for the vacation classes.
Although this is not the first time the MP had initiated a free vocational classes for students in his constituency, this year’s classes are special, in the sense that it is targeted at double track students who will be staying home for a three month period.
The Western File can report that in other areas, students under the gold track are paying for vacation classes.
Addressing the students, the MP said: “This intervention has been necessitated by the obvious gaps in the implementation of the Free SHS, but we will not focus on those failures; we must intervene to ensure that our children do not pay a price for it later.”
To the students, the MP charged them to focus on the opportunity provided and learn. “You, and only you, can determine a better future for yourself, and it starts now. If you fail the WASSCE, the blame will not be on your parents nor the government, but on you. Don’t ever forget.”
The students expressed excitement and satisfaction for the timely intervention by the MP.
A total of 46 professional teachers have been engaged to teach all core and elective subjects at three strategically selected centers.
Among the elective courses are Business, General Science, General Arts, Visual Arts, Home Economics and General Agriculture. The MP is bearing the cost of the classes.
Expressing their readiness to support the classes, the teachers, through their representative, assured the MP of their commitment to putting in much effort in order to bring out the best in the students who are important development assets of the Ellembele District.