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Regional News of Thursday, 9 January 2014

Source: Graphic Online

District assembly to check truancy among students

The Atebubu-Amantin District Assembly in the Brong Ahafo Region is to launch a programme entitled, “Truancy-free zone initiative” with the purpose of instilling discipline in students in the district.

Major stakeholders in the district would come together to contribute to the enactment of bye-laws to strengthen existing rules and regulations governing schools and also to ensure that students are discouraged from roaming the streets after 8:00pm.

The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Atebubu-Amantin, Mr Samson Owusu Boateng, announced this when he addressed students and their parents and staff of the Atebubu Senior High School during the school’s third Annual Excellence Awards Day celebration at the weekend.

Mr Boateng expressed concern about how some school-aged children were still not enrolled in schools in spite of the Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education (FCUBE) for all Ghanaian children, and pointed out that while the government offered free education, school feeding, free uniforms, textbooks and exercise books, accommodation and furniture, it was obligatory for parents to send their children to school so as to promote literacy at all places.

Mr Boateng, therefore, called on parents to join hands with teachers in the education of the youth in order to produce responsible leaders for the country.

The Brong Ahafo Regional Director of Education, Dr George Adjei-Hinneh, in an address read on his behalf, commended the Board of Governors of the school for instituting the Excellence Awards Scheme to motivate the teachers to redouble their efforts to improve the school.

Dr Adjei-Hinneh said it was not surprising that the school had improved upon its performance in the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in the past years as all the teachers were eager to perform to expectation.

He stressed the need for other senior high schools in the region to emulate the shining example of Atebubu Senior High school to ensure remarkable changes in their academic performance.

The Headmistress of the school, Madam Sophia Adalingeah, disclosed that the school scored 100 per cent passes during the 2013 WASSCE, adding out of the 622 students who took part in the examination, 558 had passes in all the eight subjects while the other 64 passed in seven subjects.

Madam Adalingeah was appreciative of the efforts of the board of governors and parents of the school who had thrown their weight behind the staff and was supporting them in all their activities to promote the development of the school.

She, however, complained about the lack of workshops for the Home Economics and Agricultural Department, as well as staff bungalows and places of convenience and, therefore, called on the district assembly to come to their aid.

A total of 28 people, comprising seven teachers and 21 students were rewarded for their excellent performance during the year, with the overall Best Teacher Award going to Mr Amoah Manu, a Geography teacher of the school.

The Omanhene of Atebubu Traditional Area, Nana Owusu Akyeaw Brempong II, who chaird the ceremony, praised the school authorities for initiating a number of programmes to enhance its development.

He later offered GH¢500.00 to support ongoing development projects in the school and added that he would organise his people to construct a place of convenience for the teachers.

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