General News of Saturday, 22 December 2012
â?? Declares to fulfil pledge on education
President John Dramani Mahama has held a Christmas party for pupils from selected schools and declared that he would deliver on his promise to build 200 community senior high schools (SHSs) to enhance education.
After his inauguration on January 7, 2013, the President said, he would constitute a committee to ensure the construction of new schools across the country in the next four years.
Interacting with the 300 pupils selected for the event at the Castle, Osu Friday, President Mahama also affirmed his resolve to establish 10 new colleges of education as contained in the manifesto of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The presidential encounter with schoolchildren with good academic records and disciplinary conduct, which was the fourth in the series, was initiated by the late President John Evans Atta Mills.
President Mahama presented gifts to the children, including those from the Dzorwulu Special School, the Mampong School for the Deaf and the Akropong School for the Blind who also attended the party.
Present at the party were Vice-President Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur; the Chief of Staff, Mr Henry Martey Newman; the Minister of Education, Mr Lee Ocran, and the Minister of Women and Children's Affairs, Mrs Juliana Azuma-Mensah.
The construction of 200 SHSs was one of the key campaign promises of the NDC on education during the 2012 electioneering.
The plan is to put up 50 SHSs every year and bring the total to 200 at the end of the four-year term.
President Mahama said the new colleges of education were to train more teachers to promote teaching and learning.
He said he had directed that the 5,000 scholarships given to Mathematics, Science and Technology students be increased to 10,000 next year.
The distribution of free school uniforms and exercise books would also be expanded, he said.
The President advised the children to be focused in life and resist peer pressure, since their destiny was in their hands.
"You can achieve whatever you want to achieve in life if you are so determined," he impressed on them.