The Member of Parliament (MP) for Essikado Ketan, Mr Joe Ghartey, has pledged to offer a scholarship to the best student in each of the 31 junior high schools in the constituency in this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) to enable them to continue at the senior high school level.
He further promised to provide an additional one to the overall best candidate (in the BECE) which will cater for his or her second cycle education.
Another scholarship has been instituted in the name of the Paramount Queenmother of the area, Nana Ekua Kordua, for the overall best female candidate to study at the senior high school level.
Besides, Mr Ghartey, who is the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, has made the undertaking to honour the best teacher in the constituency in December this year while in the subsequent years the award will be done in August.
He made the pledges at a ceremony at the Nana Nketsia Basic Schools at Essikado, where he donated education materials, including exercise books and mathematical sets, to candidates writing this year’s BECE.
Mr Ghartey, in an address, said as he struggled through his education due to the demise of his father while he was at a tender age, it had been his dream to assist students in their education, since he did not want other students to suffer the way he did.
‘‘As a person from a humble home, I chose to study hard and even refused to play during break time in my school days. I needed to befriend my books with the aim of becoming a great person in future,’’ he told his story to the students.
The MP, therefore, urged the students to learn hard so they could overcome all the obstacles in their way to eventually be people of substance in the future.
He also appealed to the people in the community to contribute their quota towards the education of children, saying: ‘‘Let us all work together to make the constituency a centre of excellence.’’
The Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Director of the Ghana Education Service, Mr Franklin Dzibgedzi, noted that quality education was the key to success.