Accra Minister Welcomes Pupils Back To School

Ishmael Ashitey distributing the stationery to the children of Fire Amour Cluster of Schools

The Greater Accra
Regional Minister, Ishmael Ashitey, has visited some basic schools in the
region to mark ‘My First Day At School’.

The day, which is to
make the experience of children on their first day in formal education
memorable, was also used to conduct free ear, eye and mouth screening for

Accompanied by Ernest
Nyagbe, Chief Director of the Regional Coordinating Council, and Monica Ankrah Regional
Director of Education, Mr. Ashitey interacted with the pupils.

The team visited the
Abokobi Presbyterian Nursery & Kindergarten in the Ga East Municipality,
Fire Amour Cluster of Schools in the LA Nkwantanag and the Ajiriganor Basic School
in the Adenta Municipality, which had 20, seven and 70 pupils present respectively.

Mr. Ashitey encouraged
and presented some stationery and snacks to the pupils as part of efforts to
help sustain their interest in school.

“My duty today is to
come and see how you are faring and to give you a special gift. Next time when
I come here, I will give you another gift; so it means that you have to come to
school every day,” he said.

The minister also
encouraged them to listen to their teachers and be obedient to instructions

He reiterated government’s
commitment in ensuring higher educational standards by encouraging children to
take their education seriously and also to remove all barriers in education
such as fees, feeding, school uniforms and other educational materials.

The head teachers of the
various schools expressed appreciation and demanded more support.

“The children are
increasing so we need more classrooms to accommodate them. Also, we need a playground
to help in their physical development,” said Rebecca Goodman Issah, Headmistress
of the Ajiriganor Basic School.

By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri