22 November 2012

Ghana: Lordina Reiterates Gov Commitment to Education

THE FIRST Lady, Mrs. Lordina Mahama has reiterated her husband's commitment of developing and injecting more resources into the country's educational sector.

According to the First Lady, the current government of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has played a tremendous role in the expansion of educational facilities, such as physical infrastructure and logistics, and other things that are needed for the growth of education.

Speaking at the 20th anniversary of the Jema Senior High Secondary School (JESEC), Madam Cecelia Johnson, a Council of State Member, who delivered an address on behalf of the First Lady said the NDC administration of Prof. Mills and John Dramani Mahama has given true meaning to the first thematic areas of the Better Ghana agenda, focusing on the provision and expansion of facilities in schools which has reached all levels of the education.

Mrs. Mahama told students, parents and other stakeholders at the gathering that her husband's second time in office would see vigorous development in all sectors of the economy including education.

She revealed that a second term of the NDC would provide 20,000 staff accommodations for teachers and non-teaching staff on campuses across the country and expand and renovate facilities in the country's schools to ensure adequate accommodation.

Mrs. Lordina therefore encouraged school children to learn hard, be disciplined and be obedient to their teachers and parents in order to become good leaders in the society.

The Headmaster of JESEC, Mr. Yaw Antwi disclosed that Jema Senior High which was established 20 years ago over the years has been performing well in SSSCE and WASSCE and that the school recorded a 100 percent mark in the latest examination results.

The Headmaster indicated that despite the success of the school, the JESEC over the past years has been operating without any proper physical infrastructures.

According to Mr. Antwi, the school lack staff accommodation, ICT laboratory, dormitories for boys and girls, science laboratory, Assembly hall, a library and water and appealed to the government to come to their aid.

The Headmaster, however, commended the World Vision International, the district assembly and the Member of Parliament for Kintampo South, Hon. Effah Baafi for their support to the school over the years.

He also commended the Parents Teachers Association and old Students Association for their efforts in providing the school with some structures such as staff quarters which still is under construction.

Giving the history of the school, the headmaster recounted that the Jema Senior High was established in 1991 with only 22 students, now boasts of 919 students excluding SHS one students.

The JESEC runs courses such as General arts, business in accounting option, visual arts, home economics and agricultural science.

As part of activities to mark the 20th anniversary, the management of the school has awarded all the five past headmasters with citations and other prizes.

Meanwhile, the first lady has donated RLG laptop computers and photo albums of her husband to the school.

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