The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Tano South in the Ahafo Region, Collins Offinam Takyi, has cut sod for the construction of a fence wall around the Bechem School for the Deaf.
The MCE commended the Headmistress and management of the school for initiating development projects in the school.
According to Mr. Offinam Takyi, the government is committed to improving the education sector, for which reason “the Tano South Municipal Assembly is fencing the Bechem School for the Deaf to prevent thieves or criminals from entering the school to steal the property belonging to the school and pupils.”
The MCE reiterated that the government has increased the disabilities’ share of the District Assemblies Common Fund from 2% to 3% in order to make people living with disabilities meet their basic needs.
He said the Municipal Assembly has released the disabilities’ share of the Common Fund to the Department of Social Welfare and Community Development to procure start-up kits for beneficiaries of the scheme, and said the Assembly will continue to release the disabilities’ share of the Common Fund to beneficiaries as and when it is released.
Mr. Offinam Takyi charged the contractor to complete the project in six months to make it serve its intended purposes. He also urged parents to provide the needed materials to their children at the school, and thanked teachers and management of the school for taking care of the children.
He further asked the teachers to continue to teach the pupils well to enable them become good future leaders.
He announced that the management of the Tano South Municipal Assembly had introduced a scholarship award scheme to sponsor brilliant but needy students, and informed parents to advice their wards to learn and benefit from the scheme.
Mrs. Alice Oppong Adubia, Headmistress of the school, said when she was posted to the school in 2015, she observed that the place needed staff accommodation, a fence wall, kitchen, classrooms, bathrooms and toilet facilities.
According to her, due to the prudent measures put in place by the management of the school, some of these structures have been rehabilitated.
Mrs. Adubia said the management appreciates the assistance from the assembly and the Omanhene of Bechem, Nana Fosu Gyabour Akoto II.
She said, since the school has vast land, management is working assiduously to ensure the school is upgraded to university status by the government.
Mr. Thompson Asare, Bono Regional Human Resource Director of Education and former Headmaster of the Bechem School for the Deaf, also commended the MCE for the decision to fence the school.
He opined that the fence wall will prevent encroachment, thieves and other criminals from entering the school.
“When the fence wall is constructed, it will help the teachers and management of the school to properly monitor the pupils and others,” he said.
Mr. Asare urged the consultant and contractor of the project to do good work, and asked theh management of the school to properly maintain it when completed.
Mrs. Mabel Botokro, Tano South Municipal Education Director, advised parents to pay regular visits to their wards in the school to find out their challenges.
She said when the pupils’ challenges are identified, parents can put in place strategies to address them to make the pupils stay at school to learn.
She used the occasion to plead with civil society organisations and philanthropists to come to the aid of the school to augment the efforts the government is putting in place to resource it.
Nana Fosu Gyeabour Akoto II, who chaired the programme, said the Bechem School for Deaf has played a significant role in Ghana’s economy, and since the government’s efforts alone cannot tackle the challenges, he called on civil society organisations to come to its aid.