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General News of Thursday, 31 July 2003

Source: GNA

Chief resists attempt to close down school


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Faaman (B/A) July 31, GNA- Nana Yaw Issah Boufour, Odikro of Faaman in the Techiman District has said he would resist attempts by the Ghana Education Service (GES) to close down the Takyi Local Authority Primary School in the town.

He said the school was the first to be established in the area and that the people and children of Faaman deserve to be educated. Nana Issah Boufour made this known at Faaman on Thursday during a town meeting jointly organized by the Chiefs, unit committee, the Assembly Member and Government Accountability Improves Trust (GAIT). Nana Issah Boufour noted that the closure of the school would mean that the primary one to three pupils would have to walk about two kilometres along the Techiman-Sunyani highway to the nearest school. The safety of the pupils cannot be sacrificed on the altar of low enrolment, he said and asked the GES to work with the community to find a solution to the problem instead of unilaterally threatening to close down the school.

Mr De-graft D. Mensah, Techiman District Community Officer asked the people to take advantage of the distribution of agro processing machinery such as grinding mills and gari processing machines under the Village Infrastructure Projects (VIP).

The acquisition of the equipment, Mr Mensah said, would help the community to add value to their agricultural produce thereby reducing poverty.

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