Rev. John Ntim Fordjour, Deputy Minister for Education and MP for Assin South has stated that Education is the surest cure for poverty.
This was contained in a message he delivered to students and pupils he interacted with during his 2 day tour of selected schools in Assin South Constituency.
Some selected schools that benefited from the Deputy Minister’s donation of Pianos and stationery include AssinManso SHS which happens to be Hon.NtimFordjour’s alma mater, AssinAmoabin DA Primary and AssinAsamankese DA JHS.
In his schools visitation drive, the Deputy Minister for Education urged pupils and students to commit to improved learning outcomes and become innovative in their studies so as to be empowered above the limitations of poverty which is the bane of any underserved communities.
This took place on 29-30th of July 2021.
He also added that the Government is committed to ensuring the reading and writing proficiency of every school going Ghanaian child by the age of ten years.
To this end, it will put in place the conducive learning environment and the necessary interventions to guarantee this outcome.
This was made known by the Deputy Minister for Education, Rev. John NtimFordjour, MP, during the presentation of some items to the AssinAsamankese D/A Basic School.
The donation included Exercise books, sets of crayons, Pencil packs, veronica buckets, handwashing soap and a digital piano.
Rev. NtimFordjour stated that one of these interventions, spearheaded by the Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw OseiAdutwum, was the introduction of the National Standardized Test (NST).
He indicated that the NST aimed not only at seeking to improve learning outcomes but also reduce learning poverty across the country.
The Deputy Minister stated that all primary four students in Ghana will be the first batch to sit for this test, adding that it will also give government the opportunity to assess the challenges inherent and undertake the remedial actions when they were in class five.
He appealed to the Chiefs, Parents, Guardians, and the general public to give the government its full backing to implement solid policies and programs for the betterment of the country.
“Children are the future of the country, and nothing should hinder them from achieving their dreams. There are, among them, those with exceptional talents and skills, gifted and talented kids and they need to be guided and mentored appropriately’, the Deputy Minister said.
On behalf of the School, The Headmaster, Mr. Seth Adjei thanked the Deputy Minister for the items and promised to put them to good use.
Present were some Traditional Rulers, the Representative of the District Director of Education, Mr. Alex Adjei, and Officials of the Ministry of Education.