The Bawku West District Assembly in the Upper East Region has distributed another consignment of educational materials to deprived basic schools as part of the government programme to improve education.
The materials include 5,042 school uniforms, 159,486 exercise books and 1,000 dual desks
Mr Imoro Adam Anaba, the District Chief Executive, said the distribution of the materials was in fulfillment of government's promise to provide educational materials to deprived schools in the country.
He indicated that last year, the Assembly distributed 500 dual desks, 3,309 free school uniforms and 20,425 exercise books among some deprived schools in the area.
Mr Anaba said the assembly had constructed a number of classroom blocks and a teachers' quarters with boreholes in the deprived areas in the district to reduce the burden and tiredness associated with school children commuting long distances to attend schools.
He said “the government will in the course of this year, roll out more schools to be included in the Ghana School Feeding Programme to give a true and holistic meaning to efforts towards improving education in Ghana in general and Bawku West in particular".
Mr Anaba appealed to the District Directorate of Education to intensify its monitoring and supervisory roles to ensure that the schools delivery quality education.
He called on parents to complement government's effort by devoting much of their resources to the development of their children's education.
Mr Anaba told the pupils "now that the government has provided you with the needed educational materials you have no cause to blame anybody for not performing. You need to strive hard to come out with good grades”.
Receiving the materials on behalf of the schools, the District Director of Education, Mr Paul Apanga thanked the government for the support and said it would help address some of the challenges bedeviling education in the area.
He, however, appealed for more support especially in the area of furniture, which he identified as a one of the major problems confronting education in the district.
Mr Apanga said the appeal was informed by the increases in enrolment figures in schools in the area
He saidenrolment figures at the basic school level went up from 26,284 in the 2009-2010 academic year to 30,000 in the 2010-2011 academic year.