Oguaa MP interacts with students
From David Allan Paintsil, Cape Coast
School pupils and teachers, as well as non-teaching staff of Cape Coast School of Deaf (Cape Deaf), have interacted with the Member of Parliament (MP) for Oguaa, Ebo Barton Odro, who is also the Deputy Attorney General and Minister of Justice.
The Minister opened the floor for questions on Thursday, after presenting food items, rubber bowls, buckets, bales of used clothing, and fruit juice to the school as his widow’s mite to aid in the upbringing of the underprivileged pupils.
The pupils, speaking through an interpreter, appealed to the MP to provide them with a television set to replace the spoilt one to enable them view what was happening in Ghana and the world. They also called for the provision of a proper football field, sports equipment and a school bus, because their school bus was currently out of service.
A female pupil, who is blind, made a passionate request to Barton Odro to provide them with a brass brand to entertain themselves.
She pointed out that those with hearing challenges had been given cultural accoutrements that assist them to be proactive all the time, but the blind do not have any source of entertainment.
A blind teacher of the school implored the MP to help make the roads on the campus very smooth for them, because the children usually fall when there is rainfall as a result of the slippery nature of the roads.
He again, pleaded with the MP to assist in covering all the gutters on campus to avoid injuries.
Another female teacher called on the government to pay special attention to teachers at specialised schools, by instituting incentive schemes for them.
She again, called for the construction of more classrooms, as each class was occupied by 30 pupils, which made it difficult to impart knowledge to such children.
Furthermore, a female kindergarten teacher called on the government to construct a children’s playground for the toddlers, so as to make them happy at school.
The cook of the school appealed to the MP to assist them with poly tanks to store water, and also fence wire for the kitchen, to prevent thieves from entering the store room.
The Headmistress of Cape Deaf, Mrs. Babara Enin, also requested the MP to resource the ICT centre for the pupils.
She expressed the appreciation of the school to the MP for the kind gesture, and wished him well in every step he would take.
Responding to the numerous requests, Ebo Barton Odro pledged to resource the ICT centre with 10 computers within two weeks, adding that he would put in a request for the teachers and non-teachers for the supply of rlg laptop computers through Ministry for Science and Technology, to assist them in getting their share.
The Deputy Minister additionally, assured the pupils and teachers of his commitment to making sure the roads on campus were upgraded to spare them the trauma they go through during the rainy season.
On provision of the television set, Barton Odro said he would soon provide them with one, but demanded that the school pay the first two months of the DSTV bills, after which he would pay all the monthly bills.
He urged them to learn hard to reach greater heights in the academic ladder by discarding their physical challenges, because disability was not the inability to do something for one’s self and the country.
The MP, who commended the teachers and non-teaching staff for their dedication to work, promised to fulfill the requests one after the other to make the pupils and teachers happy in the school.
The pupils asked God’s blessing for the MP for his kind gesture, and also for offering them the opportunity to voice out their grievances.
The MP and his entourage were thrilled by the impressive Cape Deaf Cultural Troop that has attained international recognition for cultural dances.
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