The Asikuma Odoben Brakwa District Assembly has inaugurated classroom blocks for the Agona Odoben Presbyterian and the Brakwa Eshiem D/A basic schools.
The projects are a-six unit classroom block funded by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) at a cost of GH¢448,196.70 for the Agona Odoben Presbyterian Basic School and a-three unit block constructed at a cost of GH¢238,737.12 with funds from the district development facility project, for the Brakwa Eshiem D/A Basic School.
The inaugural ceremonies were jointly performed by the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa District Chief Executive, Mr Isaac Odoom, and the Member of Parliament for the area, Mr Anthony Effah, to hand over the classroom blocks to the schools.
In the separate remarks at the two events, Mr Odoom noted that the condition of the old classroom block at the Presby school was very bad and posed danger to the pupils.
He said the assembly solicited support from OPEC towards the construction of the new classroom block to save the lives of the children, saying “OPEC as part of its corporate social responsibility resolved to construct a new block for the school”.
He called on members of both communities to own the projects and at all times ensure that they were regularly maintained for them to last longer, stressing that “ it is your responsibility to mobilise local resources to maintain the projects”.
Mr Odoom said that the assembly through the District Education Oversight Committee (DEOC) would intensify monitoring and supervision in all basic schools to help improve the performance of students in the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (B.E.C.E).
For his part, Mr Effah, said as an MP for the constituency, he was undertaking some projects in the constituency and mentioned the construction of a three-unit classroom block for the Odoben SHS to add to the school’s infrastructure, and a workshop for the Brakwa Secondary Technical to enhance practical lessons.
The Headmistress of the Odoben Presby School, Madam Stella Ama Dadzie, thanked the assembly for its support, saying the new project would enhance academic work in the school.
She appealed to philanthropic individuals and organisations for computers and library books to improve reading and ICT skills of the pupils.
The District Director of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Mr Stephen Abeku Bordah, disclosed that his outfit would from this year, begin a ‘Best Teacher Awards Scheme’ to reward hardworking and committed teachers in the district.