Chief donates books to schools, Friday March 19, 2010 (pg 30)

THE Chief of the Ewe Community in Sapeiman in the Ga-West Municipal Assembly, Torgbe Agah Semagloh I, has donated stationery worth GH¢720 to three schools in the municipality.
The beneficiary schools, Sapeiman M/A Basic School, the Amasaman M/A Primary School and the Kuntunse M/A 1 and 2 Junior High School (JHS), received exercise books, packets of chalk and boxes of pen.
Presenting the items, Torgbe Semagloh, who is also the youth chief of the area, said education remained the backbone of the country’s future, hence the need to ensure that pupils learned and passed their examinations.
The Headmaster of the Sapeiman M/A Basic School, Mr Smiles Acheampong, received the items on behalf of his school, Mrs Stella Lartey for the Amasaman M/A Primary School while Mr Obed Agbenyo received those of the Kuntunse M/A Juniour High School.
Torgbe Semagloh bemoaned the appalling performance of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates in the public schools, especially the Sapeiman M/A Basic School in the area, saying, “it was nothing good to be proud of”.
He, therefore, urged the teachers to bring to his notice their difficulties for him to help to ensure that the standard of education in the district was improved.
He noted that as part of his plans, he was collaborating with other stakeholders to establish a library and a kindergarten for pupils in the area.
He appealed to the well-to-do community members to come to the aid of the community in order to secure the future of young people in the area was promising.
Torgbe Semagloh also appealed to the government to help create employment opportunities for the youth in the area.
“There are several trained artisans in the area but for lack of opportunities, most of them are idle,” he said.
The Sapeiman Mantse, Nii Sapei, advised the pupils to spend more time on their books rather than television, which, he stated, was affecting their performance in school.
“We want you to study hard and become some of the prominent people of our society,” he stated.
The heads of the school expressed appreciation to the traditional ruler for his gesture, stating that the gifts would go a long way to support the pupils, whose parents could not afford stationery for the children.
Mr Acheampong appealed to the government to extend the school feeding programme to the schools in the area in order to improve attendance in those schools as most of the children came to school without food, while others cited hunger as the reason for playing truant.

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