Greater Accra Regional Minister tours schools to observe ‘My First day in School’

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By Grace Princess Tarwo, GNA

Accra, Sept 10,
GNA
Mr Ishmael Ashittey, the Greater Accra Regional Minister on Tuesday,
toured some schools in the Region to observe the annual ‘My First Day in
School’ and to welcome newly admitted pupils to the learning environment.

The visit was
also to present them with some school items including; copy books, school bags,
pencils, erasers among others to enhance learning and refresh them to feel
welcomed in their new environment.

The Minister
with his entourage visited the Abokobi Presbyterian Nursery /Kindergarten in
the Ga East Municipal Assembly, Adjiringanor, Adenta Muincipal Assembly
Kindergaten in the Adentan Municipal Assembly and the Fire Amour Cluster of
Schools in the La Nkwantanang Municipal Assembly.

The team
included; Ms Monica Ankrah, the Greater Accra Regional Director of Education
and Mr Ernest Nyagbe, Chief Director of the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating
Council.

Mr Ashittey
advised the pupils to learn hard to become responsible citizens for the country
and parents in the future.

He said
education was critical to a nation’s development hence the need to equip the
pupils with the requisite knowledge, skills and aptitude to compete with the
best in the world.

The Minister
commended the teachers for their effort and urged them to teach and mentor the
pupils to ensure their success.

He advised the
teachers to initiate innovative ideas that would ease learning in the classroom,
especially at the Creche and lower Primary level and appealed to them to make
the school a home for the Kids to attend school.

The Municipal
Chief Executives of the three Municipalities, municipal Directors of Education,
Head Teachers and Staff of the various schools received the Minister and his
entourage.

Mr Ashittey,
however, noticed some issues of sanitation at the Adjiringanor Adenta Muincipal
Assembly Kindergaten with a refuse dump and appealed to Mr Daniel Alexander
Nii-Noi Adumuah,  Adentan Municipal  Chief Executive to get rid of it  as it was a threat to the pupils health.

Ms Monica
Ankrah, the Greater Accra Regional Director of Education, said the Ghana
Education Service was collaborating with Ghana Health Service to carry out
health screening for the pupils on the first day of arrival to school, adding
that it was an initiative piloted in 2018.

She said the
visit was also an opportunity to observe the infrastructures of the schools and
to address challenges.

The screening
was to check their sight, vision and talking abilities and provide their parents
with the results and steps to take when a child is affected.

There was a
total of 97 new entrants from the schools visited, 20 at Abokobi Presbyterian
Nursery /Kindergarten, seven at the Fire Amour 1 Basic and 70 at the
Adjiringanor Adenta Municipal Assembly Kindergarten.

GNA

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