SCHOOL DROPOUTS at the Krowor Constituency of the Krowor Municipality of the Greater Accra Region have been offerred a lifeline back to school by the newly-elected Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Mrs Agnes Naa Momo Lartey.
The National Democratic Congress’ MP during the 2020 electioneering campaign assured parents and the people of her support to ensure every household produces graduates.
Following the election of Mrs Lartey as the MP for the constituency, she has already hit the ground running without waiting for her share of the MP’s Common Fund to act.
Mrs Lartey who made this know during a short ceremony dubbed ‘Back to School project’ where she distributed stationary items to tertiary, Senior High Schools, Junior High Schools and the Upper Primary students said the people of Krowor deserve better.
“Another significant reason why we are gathered here today is about the children who dropped out of schools. During my campaign after I have given them my message on education, they felt very motivated and encouraged to go back to school,” the Krowor MP told the DAILY HERITAGE.
“They (school dropouts) are also here and I have taken notice of where they stopped schooling. I’m in talks with some school heads and we are going to enrol them back to school, so this academic year, they are also going back to the classroom to learn and also become greater people because, I have told them that education is key to eradicating poverty,” Mrs Lartey expressed.
According to the Krowor MP, education is a “key to our success and development of the constituency” hence the need to invest in education.
Back to School stationary
At her maiden public activity less than a week after she was sworn-in as a legislator of the area, Mrs Lartey described the exercise “a step into the things that I have told the people of Krowor and promised them that gradually and progressively, we are going to have every home produce a university graduate.”
“….I’m going to partner the people of Krowor, parents and students to ensure that every child gets to the height or peak of their academic life. This is baring their socio-economic status in the constituency,” Mrs Lartey noted.
The former General Secretary of National Association of Local Authorities in Ghana stated that, though “I haven’t started receiving any support yet, but they know that the little I get, I share with them all the time.”
She added “I know they are going to go to school and so it is for me to come out and support them. From tertiary, SHS, JHS and upper primary.”
“We have also persons with disabilities whose needs have not been met from the common fund yet and I have been supporting most of these people not now. So Today is the day that I see them off with kind words and also something to support the parents, ease the financial presure on them.
Touching on the motivation behind the gesture, she said “I see teachers, I see presidents, I see a lot of great men and women, engineers in these children, I see politicians and all manner of people in them and I believe strongly that they will make us all proud. It is a good investment into the lives of the people.”
On whether the distribution of stationery was based on party lines, she said “it is open to all and not a partisan exercise.”
According to her, it is about meeting the timely needs of the people when asked if she was in hurry to hit the ground running.
“People have stayed home and have been out of work since the outbreak of the virus and it is very difficult for parents to organize themselves especially in the middle f the month when children are going to school.”
Some of the recipients of the items expressed gratitude to the MP and asked for God’s blessings to her.
Source: Ghana/Dailyheritwge.com.gh/Murtala Inusah