Basic schools throughout the country today observed “My First Day at School” programme to welcome pupils who are going to school for the first time or those being promoted from nursery to the primary level to mark the beginning of the 2022/2023 academic year.
In the Ahanta West Municipality, Seth Danquah reports that the Municipal Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Madam Gina Owusu Acheampong visited some schools in the metropolis to mark the day.
Her visit took her and a team from the Education Directorate to three (3) schools to welcome the pupils. They visited the Al-Badahil Islamic School, Apemanim MA Basic School and the Agona MA Basic School.
Madam Gina called on teachers to offer their best towards the provision of quality education in the Municipality. She advised the pupils to cultivate the habit of handwashing and keeping a clean environment to prevent them from contracting infectious diseases.
She also impressed upon the children to take their studies seriously and also be of good behaviour to become responsible adults.
Later in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, she explained that this year’s observation was on a low key devoid of the usual funfair and distribution of teaching and learning materials (TLMs) due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
She said staff of the directorate were made to visit their adopted schools to welcome the children as was stated in a release issued by the GES to all Directorates.
Municipal Chief Executive of the Ahanta West Municipal Assembly (AWMA), Mr John Agyare hinted that he will focus on the continues provision of classrooms to communities without good school infrastructure at the basic level, and particularly ensure that abandoned school infrastructure which has reached an advanced stage was completed for use by the communities.
He added that another area which he will like the Assembly to focus on will be furniture for some of the schools even though some dual desks have been provided to some schools recently, but the deficit was still huge as some of the school children still sit on the floor to write.
Mr Agyare maintained that he will collaborate with the Education Directorate and all other stakeholders to reduce the situation to an acceptable level if not eliminate the situation completely.