The Minister of Inner Cities and Zongo Development, Dr Mustapha Hamid Thursday handed over a three-unit classroom block to the Ishah Bintu Islamic Basic at School at Otinibi in the La Nkwantanang Madina Municipality.
The facility constructed within six months by the La Nkwantanang Madina Municipal Assembly followed an appeal by the school for assistance to retain pupils of the school to enable them to write the Basic Entrance Certificate Examination.
According to him, the building of the classroom block clearly demonstrated the government’s resolve to address the educational gap in communities in the country.
“Knowledge is better than wealth because someone with wealth would have to suffer and labour to take care of the wealth he or she has acquired, but knowledge would assist the individual to reason effectively towards addressing challenges in life,” the minister said.
Dr Hamid urged parents and guardians to invest in the education of their wards for the socio-economic development of their communities.
The Minister charged parents to take advantage of the government’s Free Education Policy and ensure that their children attain the highest education ladder.
He added that the ministry with over 3,000 Zongo Communities was constrained financially and urged philanthropists and non-governmental organisations to support the ministry to provide the best education for the people.
Dr Hamid charged leaders of Zongo communities to increase public awareness education on political violence and vigilantism in order not to fall victim to political machinations.
“Do not allow yourselves to be used by any political party to foment trouble anywhere, when they come reject their money and tell them to use their children instead,” he added.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Alhaji Abubakar Saddique Boniface charged the Zongo communities to take advantage of the government’s free Senior High School Policy and have their children educated.
Children, he explained develops very fast and should be supported to acquire the best of education in their tender ages.
The MP urged the parents to take good care of the facility and ensure that the educational progress of their children.
The Municipal Chief Executive, Mrs Jennifer Dede Adjabeng, assured of the government’s commitment to take education to every community in the country.
The Free SHS, she explained started from the basic school, which laid the foundation for the future development of every child, it, therefore, behoves every parent to take advantage of the government’s policy to educate their children.
Mrs Adjabeng commended the school for placing fifth in the 2019 BECE and assured of the assembly’s commitment to help the school and the pupils attain the best results in the Greater Accra Region.
The Municipal Director of Education, Ms Frimpomma Nkansah, commended the assembly for the facility which she explained would help attract more pupils to the school.
She assured of increased supervision to maintain the highest educational standards in the school.