BY MUNTALLA INUSAH | firstname.lastname@example.org
THE SECOND Edition of the annual Pre-Senior High School (SHS) extra classes sponsored by the Krowor Constituency Member of Parliament (MP), Mrs Elizabeth Afoley Quaye attracted a total of 1,304 participants, 454 more than the 850 who participated last year.
The free one month exercise organised by the MP saw the participants (who were mainly awaiting their admission into the SHS) taken through an extensive classes on all four core subjects (English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies), as well as guidance and counseling to propel them for life at SHS.
Mrs Quaye, who is also the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, urged the students to stay away from the troubles associated with social media.
“I urge you all to focus more on your books, stay away from social media. There are some of the things that you consume on social media that are not good enough for you. They are not good for your consumption. Some of the things you read from social media are intended to throw dust into your eyes and as a growing child; you don’t have to commit yourself to it. You don’t have to allow yourself to be deceived,” Mrs Quaye advised during the closing ceremony.
Guidance and counseling
Seasoned counselors who were engaged included Rev Stephen Asante from Perez Chapel at Dowenya and Mrs Monica Afokor Gbogbo, a deputy director of education among others.
They were also taken through the reproductive health system and the dangers associated with adolescent age so that they would be able to deal with the challenges that come with it.
Mrs Quaye, while saluting the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for his vision in introducing free SHS paid tribute to the supervisor, the coordinators and the teaching and non- teaching staff who through their respective roles ensured a successful exercise.
“I urge other MPs who are not doing same to emulate this example. I know that others are doing it but those who are not doing it yet, I urge them to take a cue from this and engage their students so that they do not travel long distances.”
Mrs Monica Aforkor Gbogbo, a deputy director of education at Thomas Aquinas SHS who supervised the exercise, described it as tremendous.
“I will urge them to be careful about the friends they make, so that they will be able to study and make something good from their study.”
The pupils in a citation during the closing ceremony described the first female MP for the constituency as a “caring mother” and commended her for giving them the platform to learn something new as they look ahead to climb the educational ladder.
The citation in her honour acknowledged her for her contribution towards ensuring that children had quality education in the constituency. The pupils said they were impressed with the success of the exercise.
While receiving her citation, the MP expressed satisfaction at the level of participation and appreciated the efforts of the pupils and teachers for making her flagship programme a success.
The exercise, which took place at the Quaye Nungua Roman Catholic School, witnessed attendance not only from the constituency but participants from different constituencies including Ashaiman, Teshie, Osu, and Labadi. Some students also attended from Volta Region.