THE Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Antwi-Boasiako Sekyere, has inaugurated a 12-unit classroom block constructed at a cost of GH¢510,000 for the Abuakwa State College at Kyebi in the Eastern Region.
Funded by the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund), the facility is expected to ease the congestion in the school and consequently improve teaching and learning.
Mr Sekyere said the provision of the block was part of the government's efforts to create equal opportunities for all, especially in education, by bridging the gap between urban and rural educational facilities.
He said the government would not relent in its efforts to fulfil the promise it made about every Ghanaian child having equal access to education.
He asked the school authorities to ensure regular maintenance of the facility.
Mr Sekyere also urged the students to make good use of the opportunity given them and to utilise the facility for their benefit.
The Headmaster of the school, Mr Nicholas Yeboah Aninagyei, described the new facility as a relief to the school and its social partners, stressing that infrastructure played an important role in every educational institution.
According to him, the school, which was established in 1936, had travelled the journey because many philanthropists had over the years supported it to improve on its facilities and academic programmes.
He also expressed his appreciation to the government for the support the school had received over the years, especially in the area of infrastructural projects such as tarring of the access roads on the school campus, and more recently, the construction of the school block.
The government, he said, had also supported the school with a bus and computers.
The Abuakwa State College was established by three elders of the Methodist Church at Asafo-Akyem to prepare students for the then Junior Cambridge Examination.
The school was later relocated to Kyebi to promote the broader interest of all potential students of Abuakwa and not Asafo only.
Several decades on, the college has become an important educational institution in the Eastern Region.