The First Vice Chairman for the Atwima Nwabiagya South Constituency, John Kwame Duodu, also known as “Sir John”, has donated boxes of mathematical sets and pens to Junior High School students who will soon be taking the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) in the Municipality.
The event took place on Monday, July 31, 2023.
The NPP First Vice Chairman revealed while making the symbolic gift at the Municipal Education Directorate in Nkawie that he is following in the footsteps of the President by making education free from the JHS level to the Senior High School stage.
“I am only following the example of my president, who has ensured that Education from Basic to secondary is free, and today I am here to donate these math sets and pens so the BECE pupils would know we are solidly behind them to succeed.”
According to him, the Municipality would benefit more if the students did well in the upcoming exams, which is why he decided to provide help for them so that they might succeed and have the opportunity to enroll in senior high schools and continue their studies.
The gestures, he said, were to ensure that none of the candidates lacked basic items needed for the examinations.
Duodu, who interacted with the candidates during the presentation, admonished them to refrain from engaging in examination malpractices.
‘’I sincerely believe the government has done its part to make education, especially tuition, boarding, feeding, and others, free, but we as citizens can contribute to making the pupils and schools feel relieved by providing some basic items they would need’’, Sir John said.
The Municipal Director of Education in the Municipality, Juliana Essel-Cudjoe, who received the items, expressed gratitude for the donation.
She mentioned that the items had come at the right time since the BECE exams were scheduled for the following Monday, the 7th of August 2023, across the country.
The Director urged the students to use the gesture as inspiration to write their papers.
‘’I want to thank Sir John for this gesture and ask others to learn from it and support the educational efforts of this directorate so that together we can give our pupils and students the best of education.”
Atwima Nwabiagya South’s Municipal Chief Executive, Michael Amoah Awuku, who was also in attendance, expressed appreciation on behalf of the Assembly to the NPP Vice Chairperson for the gift.
He opined that, in addition to being timely, the gesture was a fantastic way to motivate the students to perform their best in the upcoming BECE.
Again, he urged other natives to follow the NPP Vice Chairperson’s lead so that they may all contribute to providing high-quality education to the residents of Atwima Nwabiagya.
‘’I urge our BECE pupils to look at this gesture by Sir John Duodu as motivation and purpose in their hearts to do well in the upcoming examination’’, Mr. Awuku stated.
Other dignitaries who made it to the short ceremony were constituency executives of the NPP, head teachers of the various basic schools in the municipality, and some officials at the Assembly.