STORY: Kwame Asare Boadu, Beposo
A new classroom block for the Beposo District Assembly (D/A) Junior High School has been inaugurated with a call on parents not to use the Capitation Grant and the School Feeding Programme as an excuse to neglect responsibilities towards their children’s education.
The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Ahafo Ano South, Mr Kwaku Obeng Boateng, who made the call, said a number of parents were refusing to meet the basic needs of their children with the excuse that the Capitation Grant and the School Feeding Programme were enough.
Inaugurating the building, which was financed with the Assembly’s share of the District Assemblies Common Fund, the DCE stated that the two interventions were meant for specific purposes and that parents also had their duties to perform.
Mr Obeng Boateng asked the people to rekindle their communal spirit to complement the efforts of the government and the district assembly in accelerating the pace of development of the community.
He gave the assurance that the district assembly would support communities that initiated their own development projects.
Mr Obeng Boateng said the assembly had done a lot to improve educational infrastructure, stressing that it was important that parents took advantage of the government’s intervention to send their children of school age to school.
He described the Capitation Grant and the School Feeding Programme as some of the important initiatives that the NPP government had taken to improve the standard of education.
The DCE said the assembly had constructed teachers’ quarters in some deprived communities of the district to entice teachers to accept postings and stay in those areas.
He stated that in a bid to address the water problem in some of the communities, about 200 boreholes had been drilled in various communities in the last five years.
Mr Obeng Boateng noted that availability of potable water was crucial in improving the health of the people.
He told the gathering that he was about to end his duty as DCE come January, next year, stressing, “I am proud of the development so far achieved in the district.”
The DCE charged the Water and Sanitation Board of the district to pay special attention to sanitation, which seemed to have been neglected.
The Adontenhene of Banko, Nana Agyei Manu Berchie, who is also the District Manager of the Produce Buying Company, and chairman for the function, commended the DCE and the assembly for working hard to bring an appreciable level of development to the district.
He appealed to the assembly to help furnish the classrooms of the new school block.