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Regional News of Thursday, 4 July 2013

Source: GNA

Teachers in rural areas to receive 20 per cent allowance

Mr Paul Evans Aidoo, Brong-Ahafo Regional, on Wednesday said that the government would soon implement a policy to pay 20 per cent allowance to teachers in rural and deprived communities in the country.

He said the Ministry of Education was initiating the necessary process to effect payment of the package.

Mr Aidoo announced these at the inauguration teachers’ quarters for Subinso Number One Local Authority Primary, Junior High School as well as Branam Local Primary and Junior High School at Branam and Subinso Number One in the Wenchi Municipality.

The two projects that cost about GHC80,000 were constructed by Northern Empowerment Association (NEA), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), with support from Makbraneth, a Canadian Family Foundation.

Mr Aidoo, who is also the Member of Parliament for Sefwi-Wiawso, asked teachers to work hard to improve the standard of education in the country.

He said that the Government alone could not execute the national development agenda, and it required the support and partnership of NGOs, corporate bodies, churches and philanthropists and other stakeholders.

Dr George Adjei-Hinneh, Brong-Ahafo Regional Director of Education, said with the provision of the facility, teachers would concentrate on their work and help to improve on the academic performance of students.

He called for the formation of School Management Committees and Parent-Teacher Associations since some schools that had these groups performed creditably in the Basic Education Certification Examination.

Dr Adjei-Hinneh advised parents to provide their children with basic educational needs, and assist teachers in solving problems that hindered education.

Nana Yaw Osei Adjei, Wenchi Municipal Chief Executive, expressed appreciation to the NGO and the Foundation for the gesture, and said the assembly would ensure that it provided sound environment for effective teaching and learning.

Nana Dr David Mensah, Director of NEA, appealed to the people to maintain peace for development.

He asked the people to initiate self-help projects to attract the assembly’s support.

Mr Jacques Lapoinie, Head of the Family Foundation, advised students to be serious with their studies to enable them to acquire knowledge and skills needed for development.

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