Bongo District Assembly Presents 508 Dual Desks to schools      

The Bongo District Assembly in the Upper East Region has presented a total of 508 pieces of dual-desks to the district’s directorate of the Ghana Education Service (GES) for onward distribution to schools.


District Chief Executive (DCE) for Bongo, Mr. Peter Ayinbisa Ayamga, who made the presentation as part of activities marking the annual “My-First-Day-At-School” visitation to schools, disclosed that the Assembly paid for the procurement and transportation of the furniture with an amount of GH₡175,000.00 from the District Development Facility (DDF).


The DCE explained that after he took office over a year ago, he undertook some inspection tours to several schools in the district during which he found out that, a number of students either sat or laid on the floor during lessons. He said, he thereafter, directed the GES to furnish his office with a list of schools without furniture for necessary action to be taken and was therefore happy that, the presentation was eventually made.


He remarked, “for me, teaching and learning cannot be complete without furniture. It is not proper to have children sit on the floor or carry stools from their mothers’ kitchens to school daily”. He noted that, it was the responsibility of government to provide adequate educational logistics to schools and that, the Bongo Assembly had lived up to that responsibility.


He charged the GES directorate to ensure that school authorities undertake routine maintenance of the furniture and other educational materials in their care.


Bongo District GES Director, Mr. Madison Amokase Anaane, commended management of the assembly for the gesture and promised that he would discuss with his head teachers to set aside a portion of their Capitation Grants for the purposes of maintenance of the school furniture among others.


Meanwhile when the DCE and his team made a stop earlier on at the Ayopia Primary school, he handed a site to a contractor for the construction of a two-unit Kindergarten (KG) block with a modern playground. The DCE disclosed that the project being funded by the DDF, cost the Assembly GH₡215,512.00 and is expected to be completed within six months. He tasked the contractor, Apogana Enterprise, to do an excellent job and also endeavour to engage labour from the surrounding communities.


The “My-First-Day-At-School” visits earlier in the day, took the DCE to the Nyariga D/A Primary School where the KG had enrolled 19 girls and 20 boys as first-timers at school while the Primary section recorded 23 boys and 15 girls. The head teacher of the school’s, Mr. Norbert Azaanser, appealed to the DCE to include the school in the Ghana School Feeding Progamme, (GSFP) explaining that the school’s admissions had been dwindling over the past few years because, parents preferred enrolling their wards in near-by schools that were benefiting from the GSFP.


The DCE’s visits also took him and his team, including the Paramount Chief of Bongo, Naba Baba Salifu A. Lemyaarum, to the Kanga DA Primary, the Feo Primary A and B as well as the Namoo Primary school, which had registered 29 new entrants into KG and 26 fresh pupils into Primary one. Some assorted drinks and biscuits were shared among the school children in all the schools visited.


Source: ISD (Peter Atogewe Wedam)


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