THE first consignment of free exercise books and school uniforms provided by the government for schoolchildren in the Offinso South Municipality has been delivered to the beneficiary pupils.
The items, which included 138,102 exercise books and 2,000 uniforms, went to pupils in five communities, namely Apotosu, Kensere, Amankwatia, Amoaning and Wawase.
Making the presentation, the Offinso Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Victor Amponsah, said the donation was in fulfilment of President Mills’s electoral promise to make education accessible to all children.
He gave an assurance that other schoolchildren would be served in due course.
Mr Amponsah underscored the importance of education in the development of the municipality, and urged parents to take interest in their children’s education.
The MCE said the municipal assembly was investing a lot of resources in education through the development of educational infrastructure and other projects and programmes.
He also advised teachers to be up to their responsibilities, stressing that teachers played a central role in shaping the future of children.
He stated that discipline was a key ingredient in building the future of schoolchildren, and therefore challenged teachers to instil discipline in their pupils.
Mr Amponsah touched on the poor state of the Offinso-Apotosu road and stated that plans were almost complete to rehabilitate the road.
He cautioned members of spraying gangs in the mass cocoa spraying exercise to desist from playing politics with the exercise.
The MCE warned that any member who did selective spraying in the name of politics would be sacked.
The Municipal Director of Education, Mr Bertimus Bagbin, said the capitation grant, the school feeding programme and the distribution of free uniforms and exercise books were all geared towards the improvement of quality education in the country.
He said more schools in the municipality would be hooked on the school feeding programme.