From Edmond Gyebi
The Karaga District Assembly, in collaboration with the District Directorate of Education, has distributed about 121,000 books and 5,000 uniforms to 141 Basic and Junior High School pupils in the district.
Some of the beneficiary schools include the Ishadia Islamic Junior High School, Nuri-Islam Primary and Junior High schools, Tong Primary and Junior High, as well as Nyansobga Primary School.
Making the presentations, Sulemana Hussein Issah, District Chief Executive (DCE) for Karaga, said that the distribution of the uniforms was in line with the free school uniforms intervention of the government. According to him, the free uniforms would go a long way to relieve parents of their heavy economic burdens, especially, in financing the education of their wards.
Hussein Issah was optimistic that the provision of the free uniforms and exercise books would also encourage more children of school-going age to get enrolled, to enable them access formal education.
The DCE however, appealed to parents, chiefs and opinion leaders in the Karaga District to encourage their children, especially, the girl-child to go to school.
He mentioned the increment in the capitation grant and the school feeding programme as some of the interventions by the government intended to encourage school enrolment.
The DCE therefore, appealed to parents to desist from buying expensive cloths, and rather invest in their children’s education, because it was the surest way to eliminate poverty in the societies.
Hussein Issah, also a former Headmaster in one of the schools in the Karaga District, unveiled his plans to increase educational infrastructure in the district to eliminate schools under trees.
Receiving the uniforms and the exercise books on behalf of the schools, the Deputy Karaga District Director of Education, Mr. Ngumah Charles, commended the government for the items, which he said, would motivate the pupils to stay in school, and also reduce the financial burden on parents.
He attributed the falling standard of education in the district to lack of school infrastructure and teachers accommodation, and urged the government to find solutions to those problems.